By Peter Kombe
Civil society organizations in Mombasa County dubbed Mombasa County Health Advocacy Network (MCHANE) have decried the challenges facing the health sector in the country arguing that the sector is not fully devolved.
Speaking to journalists at the Wesley Methodist Church in Mombasa on Tuesday Tom Nga’r the programs officer at Coast Women In development CWID said initially the health sector was a national function but was partially devolved with ushering in of the new constitution.
The CWID official attributed the nurses’ strike to the deteriorating health sector throughout the country.
“This has led to the ongoing nurses’ strike that has been going on throughout the country.” Ngar insisted
He outlined that counties currently counties do not have a full mandate to execute the health function as they rely on the national government in laying out their health strategies.
On the other hand, Naima Omar, a community health volunteer from Shimanzi area pointed out that most of the people they attend to hail from poverty stricken families where the CHVs are forced to provide for their basic needs.
“Most of the people we deal with come from poor backgrounds and as CHVs we are forced to provide for them. Surely this is pathetic.” Naima lamented.
She urged the county governments, and the national government at large to come to an agreement so that the nurses’ strike can be terminated decrying the high number of Kenyans who have lost their lives throughout the country for lack of medical care.
She called on the western donors, local donors and community health volunteers to go back to the grassroots level where there are many medically related deaths.
At the same time, Charity Chahasi the Executive Director of Tunaweza Women With Disabilities urged the county governments to construct disability friendly health facilities where the disabled groups will have a quicker access to them.
“I urge the counties to construct environmentally friendly health facilities so that the disabled groups can have an easy access to.” She said
She further urged the county governments to employ more sign language interpreters who will assist the disabled groups.
The event which was organized by Mombasa County Health Advocacy Network aimed at explaining to the public how to access good health facilities, how the Mombasa county health bills and their benefit to the society and the overall management function.
Over thirty civil society organizations attended the two day training session spear-headed by Tom Nga’r, the programs officer at Coast Women In Development.