“Health is one of the big four agendas of the national government and one of the key departments the county government of Mandera is focusing on – in terms of improvement and excellence.
I will ensure that the figures which has been advanced before – in terms of maternal mortalities, infant mortalities and under-five mortalities – are reduced. We will have zero tolerance in maternal and neonatal mortalities as well.
We will strive to ensure we give efficient and quality healthcare services. We got problems of specialties but we have ways of going about this such as giving rotational way of working so that we have different consultants working in the county as we build our own capacities. We are expecting people who went for specialties to come back and already, a surgeon has reported.
Before the end of the year we are expecting another surgeon. We also have other several middle level people studying critical departments in the health sector. Once we build our capacity, we will be sufficient enough to concentrate on public health – prevention and health promotional services.
Today being the World Hepatitis Day, we have a vision of kicking out hepatitis B and C by vision 2030. As a county, we must concentrate most of our efforts on public health – so that whatever is preventable we will prevent – if it is immunization, we will immunize and if it is health education, we will do it robustly. If it is targeting the vulnerable population then we will do that.
This county doesn’t have a single cancer screening facility. It is my focus that soon we will have a cancer screening facility – may be in the next one year – so that we are able to screen cancer patients not only in the county referral hospital but also the whole six sub counties.
We want to focus on the elderly and orphan for them to easily access quality healthcare in all the county hospitals under the NHIF cover system. We have to achieve Universal Health Coverage that is envisioned by the president and the governor of the county so that by the end of this term we have covered as much possible of the susceptible population.
I will also enhance public-private participation so that we can pull in donors to help us in critical sectors and to fill in budgetary gaps. That is our main focus.
Am excited to join the county. We will give it our all and, hopefully, as soon as possible we are going to have a transformative healthcare where Mandera will not be known as the bedrock of mothers dying but the place where mothers and children thrive”.
Dr. Mohamud Adan, New County Executive Committee Member (CEC) – Health