Kisumu activists warn Nyong'o in push for healthcare revamp

Friday February 28 2020

Civil society groups in Kisumu County have threatened to kick off a process for the health docket to be reverted to the national government over poor management.

The activists accused Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o's administration of sleeping on the job as patients suffer due to rampant strikes by health workers.

They warned that if Prof Nyong’o does not address the rot in the sector, they will start the process as a last resort.

The activists were represented by Kisumu City Residents Voice (Kicirevo) chairman Audi Ogada, Michael Nyaguti of the Magnam Environmental Network and John Obure.

“We demand immediate dissolution of the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital board as well as a change of guard at the health docket currently headed by Prof Judith Attyang,” Mr Ogada said.



Mr Nyaguti said the universal health coverage project collapsed and the county cannot account for money disbursed for it by the national government.

“Kisumu is one of the UHC pilot counties. We cannot afford to continue suffering over poor health services," he said.

“The county should account for the 25 per cent budgetary allocation to the health department that is received annually. What’s the essence of having an effective mortuary service but not quality healthcare?"

He said the county's health facilities must be urgently equipped.