Functions of this Ministry
- County Medical Services Policy
- Public Health and Sanitation Policy
- Curative Health Services
- Preventive Health Services
- HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) Treatment and Management
- Maternity Services
- Community Health Services
- Health Education
- County Medical Services
- Management of Clinics, Hospitals and Dispensaries
- Clinical Laboratory Services
- Medical Training Institutions
- Medical Supplies
- Medical Supplies Organizations
- Food Quality and Hygiene Services
- Public Health Inspection Services
- Reproductive Health Services
- Member of KEMRI (Kenya Medical Research Institute)
- Quarantine Administration
- Public Health Laboratories
- Preventive Health Programmes Including Vector Control
- Promotion of Government Chemist Services
At the advent of devolution in 2013, the delivery of health services in Homa Bay County was at its lowest ebb. Nearly all the health institutions suffered staff shortages. Drugs were inadequate and patient transfers were hampered by lack of ambulances.
Today, the County Government has improved the situation through massive investment on health services.
- The County has maintained a steady supply of drugs and non-pharmaceuticals procured for all the gazetted health facilities across the county.
- At least 309 medical personnel have been recruited. These include Doctors, Clinical Officers, Nurses, Public Health officers, community health workers, among others.
- Completed Construction of Ultra-modern maternity blocks at Rangwe, Kendu and Ndhiwa sub-county hospitals.
- Highly digitized equipment including Renal and dialysis machines, X-ray equipment Modern and Digital X-Ray machines have been installed at the hospital to save patients the agony of travelling to Kisumu and Eldoret in search of the
- Established a medical training college in Karachuonyo and construction work is ongoing in sindo, suba sub county where a second one is to be established through partnership with the Kenya Medical Training College. This is to address the inherited staff shortages at public health facilities
- Each of the Eight Sub County hospitals now have an ultra-modern ambulance and 12 motorbikes acquired for community health workers.
- The County government has developed and implemented a comprehensive HIV&AIDS strategic plan to help fight the disease. The HIV prevalence rate has since reduced to 26 percent from 27.1 percent. Also the proportion of HIV patients put on ARVs stood on 22,077 persons.
More than 5000 Community Health Workers, have been recruited through the help of development partners all armed with mobile phones to help fight the high disease burden.