Primary Health Care has long been plagued by fragmented governance and coordination, inadequate and rundown health facilities, insufficient human resources, and poor funding. However, Governor Gladys Wanga has taken on the challenge of addressing each issue concurrently, resulting in significant improvements.
Upon assuming office, she appointed Dr. Kevin Osuri as the chief officer for health, a highly skilled medical professional with extensive experience in health management and resource mobilization. This appointment has improved coordination and management within the county health department, resulting in a more efficient hierarchical structure for seamless service delivery.
Notably, there have been improvements to health facilities, including the creation of new medical units and enhanced services. The referral hospital now has a new OPD, while the construction of an A&E block is underway. CT Scans, renal units, dental units, blood banks, newborn units, and maternity wings have either been established or renovated and are now functioning effectively. Previously struggling facilities like Rachuonyo County Hospital, Sena Health Center, Seka-Kamser, and Magina Hospital have also seen significant upgrades.
Through the activation of the Facility Improvement Fund (FIF), Homa Bay County health facilities are no longer solely reliant on remittances from the county exchequer. Hospitals now use their generated revenue for both recurrent and developmental expenses. Efforts have also been made to clear debts with medical suppliers like KEMSA, resulting in consistent pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical supply to all facilities.
These measures, along with others, are being implemented to achieve the overarching goal of Primary Health Care. Furthermore, the county has increased medical insurance coverage, NHIF, from 5% to 21% and counting, thereby contributing to the goal of Universal Healthcare.