Four North Rift governors on Thursday signed the Universal Health Care agreement with the National Government.
Governors who signed the Intergovernmental Partnership Agreement(IPA) are Jackson Mandago(Uasin Gishu), Stephen Sang (Nandi), John Lonyangapuo (West Pokot) and Stanley Kiptis(Baringo).
The signing of the IPA sets the stage for the implementation of the second phase of the Universal Health Coverage(UHC).
Speaking during the signing ceremony in Nairobi, Governor Jackson Mandago, who is the interim chair of North Rift Economic Bloc (NOREB) highlighted the pertinent issues discussed on Wednesday during a consultative meeting in relation to the roll out of the UHC program.
The county bosses pointed out concerns including drug supply delays occasioned by the monopoly status given to the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).
Governor Mandago called on the National Government to review the requirement to allow counties alternative procurement channels during emergencies and the sourcing of particular medicine through MEDS due to the better efficacy of the drugs procured by the entity.
Nandi Governor Stephen Sang also urged the Ministry of Health to ensure NHIF gives priority to public facilities as opposed to the current status which favours private facilities.
He also said the National Government should support the establishment of level 5 hospitals in the 47 counties.
Outgoing Health Cabinet Secretary(CS) Sicily Kariuki said the ministry they will build the capacity of KEMSA for timely and effective supply of medical supplies.
She further confirmed that additional warehouses have been put up across the country to ease service to the counties.
Also present during the signing were Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa, CAS Health Dr. Rashid Amala and Dr. Mercy Mwangangi.