Governor H.E Dr FCPA Wycliffe Oparanya is confident that the Kakamega County Health Facilities Fund Advisory Committee that he unveiled yesterday would help in turning around financial management of public hospitals and improve medical services.
Dr Oparanya assured the committee of his support as they embark on their mandate adding that they would be key to ensuring that his dream of enabling residents access quality medical care is achieved.
The Governor was speaking after launching the fund and unveiling the Committee that will be chaired by Chief Officer for Finance and Economic Planning Ambassador James Ochami.
Other members of the Committee include; County Attorney, County Director for Medical Services who shall be the Secretary, County Director for Economic Planning, County Director of Budget and the Fund Administrator who shall be an ex-officio.
The roles of the Advisory Committee will be to:
i) Receive records of all payments made to health facilities;
ii) Ensure that money held in the Fund, including any earnings is spent only for the purposes for which the Fund is established;
iii) Develop guidelines as to how the health facilities shall benefit from the Fund;
iv) Periodically review the performance of the Fund;
v) Advise the County Executive Committee Member for Health Services on matters pertaining to the Fund;
vi) Develop guidelines for the administration of the Committee;
v) Ensure that the administration of the Fund is in line with financial regulations of the National Government and the County Government; and
vi) Perform such other functions as the Committee may deem necessary within these Regulations for the proper discharge of its mandate.
The Governor presented cheques worth Sh53 million to the Committee, money that was collected by Kakamega County General Hospital and other public facilities across the County for the month of July.
CECM Finance, Economic Planning and ICT Dr Beatrice Sabana commended the management of the County General Hospital for collecting Sh30 million for the month of July saying it was the facility that raised the highest revenue.
"KCGH has the potential of collecting more money. With the support of the Committee I believe they will achieve this," she said.
Health Services CECM Dr Collins Matemba said he will work closely with the Committee to ensure that they discharged their mandate effectively.
Deputy Governor H.E Prof Philip Kutima, MCAs led by chairman County Assembly Health Committee Hon Lucas Radoli, CECMs, County Secretary and Head of Public Service Madam Jacinta Aluoch, Chief Officers, chairperson CPSB Madam Catherine Omweno, County Attorney Madam Vivian Mmbaka, health officers and other officials attended the event.
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