Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya has expressed concern over the slow pace of health projects, saying he wants to see three hospitals commissioned before end of this year.
The governor who was addressing a joint forum of the County Assembly and the Executive said Shamakhubu, Mumias and Phase 1 of Kakamega Teaching and Referral Hospitals ought to be ready to offer services to the public by December 2019.
“As these projects are going on the County General Hospital should be renovated and its services defined as soon as possible,” said the County boss.
Governor Oparanya also directed that all county health centres should be earmarked for renovation during the current financial year at a cost of Shs200 million.
He said India was ready to establish an eye hospital in Kakamega, one of its kind in the country, as soon as Phase 1 of the new hospital is commissioned.
On industrialization, the governor said Kakamega County’s economic activities can only have meaningful impact on people’s lives if industries are established to create decent jobs for the residents. He added that anything short of this will only perpetuate impoverishment of the population through unskilled labour economy and urged the County Assembly to fast track legislation on establishment of waste to energy industries in Kakamega by foreign investors.
“A Belgian firm will soon set up a waste to energy plant in Kakamega and we will be required to produce 400 tonnes of solid waste to make it viable”, he said.
Other initiatives to accelerate industrialization include establishment of a Shs 200 million dairy factory in Malava whose ground breaking ceremony will be done in one month’s time. Also in the pipeline is a tea factory in Shinyalu.
Also present were County Assembly speaker Hon. Morris Buluma, majority and minority leaders Hon. Joel Ongoro and Hon. David Ndakwa respectively, CECMs, chief officers, the facilitator, Ambassador James Ochami, the County Secretary and Head of Public Service, madam Jacinta Aluoch Odhiambo, deputy CS Mr. Joshua Kutekha, the chief of staff Mr. Robert Sumbi, advisors, Sub County Administrators, among other senior officials.