HEALTH SERVICES IN BARINGO REFFERAL HOSPITALGETS A BOOST FROM THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT.
Baringo county government in collaboration with the national government, today commissioned a renal unit, theatre among other hospital equipment like vehicles, vaccines and mosquito nets at Kabarnet referral hospital.
Speaking in the event, Baringo county governor H.E. Stanley Kiptis stated that it is the responsibility of the county government and the national government to ensure that residents get quality and affordable health care services.
The governor added that the equipment will help in the provision of health care systems in the county as they will improve the health indicators, He stated that the county government is geared towards primary healthcare that is preventive and curative healthcare services.
“county government is geared towardsimproving health services to all residents and that my administration will ensure that everyone access medication as it is theirconstitutional right.” Said Kiptis
Kiptis noted that community health workers are important segment in terms of health service delivery, therefore, the county government is committed to strengthen and accommodate them in health centres and the clinic.
Governor Kiptis alsoapplauded the national government for their support saying that the vaccines will go a long way in ensuring that the residents of Baringo county gets vaccination against the Malaria menace hence reducing deaths caused by the disease.
Baringo governor H.E Stanley Kiptis with Cabinet Secretary for Health Cecily Karuiki visits a sick Patient at Baringo referral hospital when the later officiated the commissioning of the various health equipment within the facility.
The health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki who officiated the commissioning of the equipment,said that the national government is ready to support the county government in ensuring that the citizen have access to quality and affordable medication.” the national government is ready to support and partner with the county government in ensuring that all the citizens in this country have access to affordable health care as stated in the jubilee big 4 for Agenda.” Said the cabinet Secretary.
All these efforts engaged by the county government is aimed at ensuring that no one suffers from or succumbs to any preventable or curative disease because it is the mandate of the county government and National government to ensure that they provide affordable health care.
Fixing infrastructure for economic growth
On roads and infrastructure, the County government is building on a vision of providing functional infrastructure to support County’s socio-economic development. It is a fact that a thrive in tourism, marketing of goods, labour mobilization, industrialization, mineral and energy exploitation, agricultural and other economic activities ride on good infrastructure. It is therefore central to direct collective focus towards the development of this critical sector.
It is gratifying to note that over time, the department of roads has managed to open up more than 1,815 km of rural roads and maintained another 1,417 km across the County. This has eased movement of people and goods thus accelerate economic development.
For the County to create a conducive environment for business and attract investment in its urban centers the department of roads and infrastructure has since upgraded to bitumen standards 0ver 40 Km of urban roads across major towns in the County. Additionally, the department has acquired 14 road equipment machineries and 38 crossing structures including footbridges (Sambaka, Sokotek, Chepturut and Otwe among many others) many box culverts, and major drifts have been constructed since 2013 and has improved mobility of people and goods more so during rainy season .In the 2018/2019 financial year the roads department has earmarked to acquire 2 excavators to assist in opening up of roads and desilting water pans. Also 64 street lights and floodlights have been erected and installed in urban centres mainly Sub County headquarters.
Furthermore, tarmacking of half a Km of road in four of County’s towns namely Mogotio, Eldama Ravine, Chemolingot and Kabartonjo have just been completed and the contractors who are on site for the other two that is Kabarnet and Marigat have been directed to ensure they complete within the stipulated time. The County will also add another half a Km at Mogotio,Marigat,Chemolingot and Kabarnet as well as re-carpet the pilled off Torongo centre tarmac in the 2018/2019 financial year.
The department has so far spent close to 180 million in tarmacking roads in County’s urban centers, and shall continue to allocate more resources to this initiative until all our sub County headquarters boasts of modern infrastructure which will in turn attract investment and create jobs for the people.
The department also launched Immarisha Barabara in April last year, an initiative to maintain and improve over 600 Km of road network across the County,20 Km per ward. at least 20 wards have been done with, and the rest of the work in the other wards will be implemented in due course. One of the milestones realized through the initiative is connecting of security roads,Barbarchun –Chemoe road which aided in recovery of livestock which bandits stole by security agencies.
To avoid the issue of roll over which has been the greatest challenge to our development agenda, roads department has finalized procurement of 50% of 2018/2019 projects and the rest are at various stages of implementation.
To improve our level of service delivery to our residents the department of transport and infrastructure is putting up an ultramodern office complex at Kabarnet. Once completed all services for the department will be offered under one roof, thus saving wananchi time and resources that they could have incurred when seeking for services.
A Road Grader tarmacking road at Kabartonjo town in Baringo North Sub County.
County Youth Forum finally in place
Baringo County government has joined a few counties in Kenya which have put in place elaborate structures to address youth maters among them formation of county youth forum which will be the official mouth piece on matters concerning the youth in the county.
This came into being after the county government department of youth; gender and culture successfully concluded the election of county youth officials at Kenya School of Government- Kabarnet, in partnership with Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission, IEBC.
During the one day exercise which was a culmination of the process that was initiated at the sub county level all the way to ward and finally county level, Governor Stanley Kiptis said the initiative will provide the youth an opportunity to engage with both County and National government on issues affecting them particularly economic, social and culturally to enable them realize their dreams.
The county boss urged the youths to prudently utilize resources that are allocated to them by both levels of government and its strategic partners to develop their lives and secure their future by doing productive activities.
At the same time he stated that his administration was able to absorb more than 400 youths under internship programme as a way of helping them get on job experience.National Assembly nominee for youth affairs Gideon Keter presenting a certificate to a youth leaders during the inauguration of Baringo County Youth forum held at Kenya School of Government (KSG), Baringo Campus.
County executive in charge of the department Hon Thomas Ole Nongonop challenged the youth who were elected to be steadfast in championing for the rights of the young people across the County once called upon.
He added that the established youth structure will make it easy for the county government and other stakeholders to engage them in matters development.
The CEC also urged the youth ensure they fully take part in the county’s development agenda by availing themselves during public participation forums to articulate on issues affecting them.
He at the same time hinted that the county youth policy which is currently at draft stage will be of great help once implemented since it will offer guidelines on the best way the county government will address the myriad challenges facing the youth.
Nongonop congratulated the officials who were elected and urged them to concentrate on their mandate of championing for youth on their matters and how to resist temptations not to be swayed from their responsibility.
Those elected to represent the youth at County level include JonothanMaigong Chairman from Kabarnet Ward, the vice chair ZephaniaKipkurui from Mochongoi ward, Evans Barsongol from Kabartonjo ward as Secretary General and Edwin Kiprono from Emining ward as the deputy secretary general. The officials will assume office for a three year term.
Baringo governor H.E Stanley Kiptis (Centre) and National Assembly Nominee for Youth Affairs Gideon Keter join elected Baringo County Youth during the inauguration at Kenya School of Government (KSG), Baringo Campus.
Diatomite exploration set to begin in Baringo
Baringo County is endowed with varieties of natural resources like diatomite, gemstones, ruby, gold and vast deposits of construction material which when fully exploited will turn around the livelihoods of itscitizens.
In view of the above, Baringo County Government has partnered with two Chinese companies; Chuanshan International and ZhengWei technique (K) Limited to exploit diatomite in Kaboryon area in RipkwoKositei Ward in Tiaty Sub County and Kapturo area in Bartabwa Ward, Baringo North Sub County.
The mining project that is set to cost the two Companies more than 10billion US Dollars is expected to commence before the end of this year 2019.
Speaking athis office in kabarnet, County Chief Officer in charge of Mining and Natural Resources John Kisang said the investors have hinted on extracting more 400, 000 tonnes of Diatomite annually.
According to Mining Act 2016, 70% of mining proceeds goes to the National government, 20% goes to the County government and the remaining 10% is given to the community where mining operations is carried out.
Kisang said the two explorations presents to the County with an opportunity to get revenue and also host community receive resources for development as well as create about 300 direct employment opportunities for the County.
‘’The goodness with these two Chinese investors, they have complied with our condition of not exporting any raw material but rather establish the factories at site to be able to process the raw material before commercializing it”, Kisang pointed out.
Diatomite which is purely a sedimentary deposit comprising of majorly silica arising from fossilized diatoms is very mild abrasive mineral sought for use in making plastics, tooth paste, absorbents, manufacturing paints, metal polishes and paper. It is used also in bricks, soaps, detergents and filler.
Chuanshan International company has already acquired a mining license after getting a nod from National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) who had raised concern over the exploitation of the resource since it is situated in a fragile environment i.e. a semi-arid area that may take a very long time to regenerate while ZhengWei technique (K) Limited has just commenced prospecting operations.
The Chief Officer assured the members of both communities that the project will bring enormous developments including improvement of infrastructure, electricity and water since the area will attract investors from all parts of the country and that they should accord them the necessary support they may require.
As expected, two companies will have to carry out social corporate responsibility activities particularly building schools and hospitals, paying bursaries, constructing roads and water supply structures like water pans, boreholes, tanks and supply of water pipes, power supply units like solar and other social amenities.
The diatomite lies in an area of conflict dominated by Tugen and Pokot communities who have continued to experience instability due to cattle rustling but both communities have vowed to hand over to the authorities any criminal who will come in between them that can jeopardize the project.
Mr. Khai He, a representative from ZhengWei said they will abide by the Mining Act of 2016 and urged residents to be patient saying that exploration of such a resource requires huge resources and patience.
Baringo diatomite mining operation becomes the second one after African Diatomite Industries Limited exploited for the resource in Karianduzi area along Naivasha-Gilgil road in Nakuru County on Nakuru-Nairobi highway.
Civic Educators target participatory public forums
It is often said that a village which is not discussed is not build; discussions by the people bring about a sense of ownership through exercising powers when making decisions that affect them.
Globally, devolution of power and resources is key in promoting and advocating for democracy, transparency and accountability. It also enhances local development, and effective service delivery to the people.
Public participation is key as stated in the constitution of Kenya 2010. It is entailed in the national values and principles of governance as stipulated in article 10 (2) and 174 (C) of the 2010 constitution which recognizes rights of communities to manage their own affairs and put their own priorities first on matters development.
The citizen needs to engage with their government and air their plights and issues in order to improve their status quo and livelihoods.
According to County director of Civic Education Wesley Kiprop, Baringo has made huge strides involving residents through public participation, in budget making process as well as prioritizing projects that will greatly improve the livelihoods of the county residents.
Kiprop added that Baringo was recently rated by KDCC as the best county in terms of prioritization of projects as well as diligent use of public funds. “Baringo County is rated the best county in terms of prioritization of projects through public participation.” Said Kiprop.
Mr. Kiprop stated that civic education department is planning to organize more public participation forums in order to reach more publics as this will enhance decision making hence strengthening service delivery and accountability in the national and county projects.
“We are seeking to empower the people by giving them the powers of self-governance for them to make informed decisions in order to best improve devolved function,” said the Civic Education director.
He applauded Konrad Adeneur Staffing and Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance (CEDGG) for partnering with Baringo county government in conducting civic education across all the 30 wards of Baringo.
Baringo County director for Civic Education Wesley Kiprop during a civic education exercise at Tangulbei, Tiaty Sub County
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