KAKAMEGA Governor H.E. Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya today gave a keynote address to regional delegates to drum up support for social protection for the poor and vulnerable members of the society.

The Governor said that his government through the county assembly has already enacted the Kakamega County Maternal Child Health and Family planning Act 2017 to strengthen operations of the Imarisha Afya ya Mama na Mtoto program and insulateΒ it from political interference. The programme is here to stay regardless of the occupant of the governor’s office, he added. He said that his government was carrying out sensitization campaigns in the county to rally the poor and vulnerable members to register for medical insurance through the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) which will be funded for by the county government of Kakamega with the aim of providing universal healthcare to the residents.

Governor Oparanya said the Shelter upgrade programme launched by his government to provide better housing for the elderly and severely disabled persons will soon be revamped to include installation of electricity, water and cash transfers. He announced that the county government of Kakamega through the Ministry of Social Services, Culture, Youths & Sports has embarked on a census to build a data base for disabled persons to enable the government serve them more effectively.

Present also was the County Secretary Madam Jacinta Aluoch Odhiambo, Health Services CECM Rachel Okumu, Chief of Staff Mr. Robert Sumbi and Social Services Chief Officer Mr. Phitalis Were, among others.

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