Members of the National Assembly Health Committee delegation on a fact finding mission to Kisumu County health sector hosted by the Kisumu Deputy Governor Dr. Mathews Owili on behalf Of KiSUMU Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o and a visit to the health facilities. ( Pictures By Collins Owuor and Jacob Owiti)
By Matilda Atieno
The county government of Kisumu today hosted the National assembly health committee delegation who are carrying out a fact-finding visit to the County health sector.
The members of the delegation visited Kisumu to engage the county government with the purpose of establishing the facts on the impact of the resources delivered by the national government towards the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the county.
The team led by Hon. Joshua Kutuny was in the county to seek clarification on the efforts put in place by the county government and the challenges on the fight against the pandemic. Other members included Hon. Gideon Ochanda of Bondo, Dr. James Nyikal of Seme, Hon. Tongoyo, Gabriel Koshal of Narok West and Hon. Martin Owino of Ndhiwa.
Upon the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the national government embarked on an intensive program to impact the spread of the pandemic across the country through the various mechanism, including mobilization resources, improvement of infrastructure and resource allocation to the counties.
160 million was the confirmed allocation to the county government of Kisumu as part of the national government support in the fight against the pandemic in Kisumu as well as other benefits dispatched to the county through KEMSA and other agencies.
Following the support from the national government, the delegation sought information on the use of the funds received, relations with the National Agency KEMSA, the County interventions and the status of COVID-19 in the county.
The delegation met with the Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili who chaired the meeting on behalf of Kisumu Governor, Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o, CEC member for Finance and economic development George Okong’o, Kisumu County COVID-19 response committee chair, Chief officer health, Mr. Alphonse Ouya, County Assembly health committee Chair Hon. Vincent Jagongo, County Director Health Fredrick Oluoch Dr. George Rae and CEO JOOTRH Dr. Peter Okoth.
The delegation then proceeded to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH), isolation center and later on to Kisumu County Referral Hospital (KCRH).