By Reuben Olita
The Living Goods Kenya has lauded Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong for enacting the Community Health Services Bill into law.
Director of Partnerships Advocacy and Communication at Living Goods, Dr David Oluoch said it’s a very exciting moment for Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) in Busia County after the Governor assented the bill into law.
“We have all reasons to celebrate this historic moment. Resources for supporting CHVs in the county including stipends will be readily available,” he said.
Dr Oluoch who delivered congratulatory message to the Governor from Country Director-Living Goods, Thomas Opiyo Onyango appreciated his efforts in prioritizing Community Health Services in the County, noting that the gesture is a pointer he values primary health care.
H.E Ojaamong said the enactment of the CHVs Bill into law is going to be a gamechanger, noting that his government’s target is to prioritize primary healthcare to avoid practices where people go to hospitals to receive injections or purchase drugs.
“We can now empower CHVs by offering necessary training together with other personnel at the Kenya Medical Training Busia and Teso Campus,” he said.
The Governor added: ” My Government will factor in the budget all programs on matters CHVs to enable them handle primary basic services including diarrhoea, blood pressure, malaria, diet and nutrition among others.
Chief Officer Public Health, Jonathan Ino said Living Goods have invested over Sh203 million in the County for the last six years including Sh52m in Covid-19 fight, adding that CHVs will become shopping basket to healthcare workers and farmers at the grassroots.
” Investing in CHVs will not be in vain in the county’s efforts to embrace primary healthcare across the county, thanking Living Goods for donating phones to CHVs in discharge of their duties.
The CHV Act that will go towards improvement of service delivery of CHVs in the county. The Act will also provide services such as health education, health promotion, disease prevention, mental-health services, home care, long-term care, rehabilitation services, palliative-care services and treatment for illnesses and injury in relation to primary care.
It will also pave way for creation of 197 Community Health Units across the county to accommodate 2,111 CHVs who will now be recognized in law.