Governors want to control immunisation funds

Governors are calling for the transfer of immunisation funds from national government to the devolved units.

Kisumu County Governor Jack Ranguma, who is the Council of Governors health committee chairman said most of the vaccination programmes are being implemented by county staff.

He questioned the rationale of the having funds controlled by the national government yet most of the work is handled by county employees.

“When we assumed office, we were informed that immunisation was risky business and we quickly agreed as we were not in the know,” said Mr Ranguma.

He insisted that county governments were now well equipped to handle and implement such programmes.

He defended the move by all the counties to allocate 25 per cent of their total budget to health, saying it was an indication of the priority accorded to the department.

Kitui Governor Julius Malombe said more than 4,000 health facilities are under devolved units.

He said the allocation to health departments in counties is an indication of importance of healthcare.

He called for more cash to be allocated to county governments.

On doctors’ strike, Mr Ranguma said the industrial action has affected health services in county health facilities.

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