Members of the Kakamega County Assembly (MCAs) are set to debate on the motion seeking to transfer The Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital (CTRH) to the national government.
The Governor, H. E Wycliffe Oparanya told the county legislators during a consultative meeting that the national government has undertaken to complete construction of the ultra -modern hospital, which requires additional Ksh. 4 billion and Ksh 2 billion to be completed and equipping it respectively.
So far, the county government has pumped slightly over Ksh 2 billion into this health mega project.
“The County government intends to transfer the structure and 10-acre land that the facility sits on because it does not have capacity to complete its construction and hire 5,000 health personnel some who are required to offer highly specialized medical services,” the Governor explained.
The County Executive Committee (CEC) member for Health Services, Dr. Collins Matemba, told the MCAs that once the construction of the Kakamega CTRH (level 6 hospital) will be completed, it will be on the same level with Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital and Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in provision of health services.
The Kakamega CTRH has 32 threatres compared with KNH which has 17.
“It will require Ksh. 13 billion annually to run the Kakamega CTRH. This is almost the money the County Government receives annually from the national treasury for operations and development projects. This is why we see it prudent for the national government to take up the facility under clear Memorandum of Understanding (MoU),” Dr. Matemba pointed out.
Section 187 of the Constitution allows for transfer of county functions back to the national government under special circumstances.
The MCAs were inducted on legal requirement touching on transfer of services from county governments to the national government.
A motion to transfer the facility is expected to be tabled in the House in the coming days for deliberation by members.
During the consultation forum between the county executive and MCAs led by the Speaker Hon. Morris Buluma, both sides were in agreement that the health facility must be completed to start providing health services to Wananchi.
Some MCAs suggested that the county government should explores ways of borrowing money from development partners and donors to complete the giant health project.
While others proposed that the national government should complete the construction of the facility, equip it and hire health workers but the governor told them that the best viable and sustainable option was to transfer the hospital to the national government.
Other key issues also discussed at the consultative forum were (1) The Kakamega County Health Services Bill, 2021, which seeks to establish a fund for health services to improve quality of patients’ care, standards of health services and enhance management of levels 1,2 and 3 health facilities, (2) County Pension Bill and County Affordable Housing project.
Photo credit: Governor’s Press Service.