Turkana County Governor Josphat Nanok has today assented into law the Community Health Services Bill.
The new act seeks to improve efficiency of community health service delivery by providing for the establishment of Community health services units in the county, creating coordination frameworks to facilitate provision of community health services and protecting health and safety of community health volunteers.
The establishment of community health units will ease service delivery with each unit being linked to a health facility and will be under a Community Health Extension Worker who will be recruited by the County Public Service Board.
The act also establishes three Community Health Services Committees; County Community Health Services Committee, County Community Health Technical Committee and Community Health Unit Committees; each with specific functions contributing to effective delivery of community health services.
It also provides for appointment of Community Health Volunteers and states their responsibilities which include visiting households to advise the community on healthy living practises as well as provide first aid with guidance from the extension officer.
The new law further provides for establishment and management of a community health services fund managed by the County Community Health Services Committee, to finance activities and projects in the sector. The fund includes financial donations from partners to the fund account and funds set aside by the County Assembly or Parliament.
CEC Health and Sanitation Jane Ajele, Chief Officers Moses Natome (Health and Sanitation) and Abraham Losinyen (Office of the Governor) and Legal Advisor to the Governor Nobert Okumu witnessed the signing.
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