A healthy county is a productive county. In order to accord high quality and reliable healthcare services and therefore improve productivity for its residents, Baringo County Government will sustain investment in the health sector mainly in equipping and hiring of healthcare professionals to adequately man already existing facilities.
This approach will ensure all our health facilities especially in the far flung remote areas of our expansive county offer services to respective area residents. This will reduce distances travelled in search for medical care by wananchi and ease the burden of cost. As it is put that prevention is better than cure, the health department is re-focusing attention towards primary health care through hiring of additional community health workers to achieve sustainability in the sector. This will in effect re-allocate resources to productive sectors and thereby create a multiplier effect in our economy.
Even as we plan on increasing our human resource capacity, we are committed to the improvement of our staff welfare and working conditions. The completion of the Development, Validation and Adoption of key documents which the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Technical Working Group had been working on for some time, with the support of AFYA UZAZI on 31st January 2018 therefore, the Department of Health Baringo County achieved major milestones. We now have a “HRH Strategic Plan for Baringo County 2018 – 2022”, well laid down “Job Descriptions for leadership positions in the Department of Health,” and “Guidelines on Attraction and Retention Strategies for Health Care Workers,” documents which will go a long way in providing strategic direction and fostering improved service delivery in our health sector.
Following Governor Stanley Kiptis’ visit to Germany late last year, an institution-to-institution partnership and peer relationship is being established between Baringo County Referral Hospital in Kabarnet and the Eldama Ravine Sub County Hospital and Klinikum Augsburg, a leading healthcare facility in the European nation with the aim of twinning the institutions to facilitate professional exchanges, mentoring and sharing of information, knowledge, technology and equipment.
We are leveraging such partnerships as we invest in health facilities to make them fully functional. Liaising with Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA), we are adequately stocking our hospitals with both pharmaceutical and non pharmaceuticals in a timely manner and eradicate shortage of drugs and essential commodities. Meanwhile, referral services to our major hospitals and regional facilities will be improved by availing more ambulances as well as ensuring the existing ones are well maintained.