Distinguished Ladies & gentlemen
At this time 2 years ago, it would have been unthinkable to have healthcare professionals meet in Narok, to discuss the most pressing healthcare concerns of our healthcare landscape, and on how we can improve the state of affairs of the medical practitioners and health service delivery for the people of Narok.
This has been made possible by the Constitution of Kenya 2010 that made devolution a living reality, and among other key governance issues, devolved health care to county governments.
I stand here in full admiration of the diligent health workers in Narok County; doctors, nurses and clinical officers who daily risk their personal safety, as well as their families’, in the line of duty, healthcare workers who bravely soldier on and continue the fight at the frontline taking care of patients and ensuring that there is no disruption in the provision of health services to our people.
I stand here knowing that Narok County still faces grooves of challenges in healthcare service delivery. So we meet here today because the concerns of our health workers are the concerns of the Narok County government. We meet here this afternoon because the cries of Narok residents can no longer be muted by the presence of health facilities alone.
So this afternoon we meet in full appreciation that we have got more work to do. We have more work to do because the state of our healthcare in this county is disappointing. We meet at the main district hospital that itself has a sad story to tell.
The state of our emergency preparedness and response measures are disappointingly low and weak. If the misfortune of an average medical emergency was to happen, our health facilities will be overwhelmed, and our health care professionals would be strained beyond imagination.
This sad state of affairs spells out to us how we are at the brink of collapse in our healthcare services. The imminence of such tragedy is not something we should look forward to. That is what this meeting is all about.
First it must not be lost on us that health is a fully devolved function, and the Narok County government therefore must take full responsibility of the state of our healthcare services. That is why we are working with a singular healthcare vision to make sure that the challenges that existed before devolution must not continue.
We all need to share the optimism of Narok County in momentously improving healthcare, so that we can triumph over the menace of preventable diseases that are claiming many lives.
Narok County has made the necessary effort to purchase drugs from KMA to make sure that all hospitals and dispensaries in Narok County have the necessary drugs and equipment. Healthcare is one of the defining pillars of our time, and my administration’s focus.
It matters to us when an expectant mother accesses necessary healthcare without the worry of losing her baby, or when an old man accesses treatment that is timely without waiting on the line for too long.
I regret the fact that too many of our county residents have been failed by our weak healthcare system, and some have lost faith to the extent that they seek medical attention elsewhere. Over time our health care system has failed the test of time, and when our residents succumb to illnesses that can be prevented or treated, our healthcare system is put to the test.
Time has come that this trend has to change. We must appreciate that the old way of doing things is gone, and must now embrace new ways.
If some among you would watch as medicines disappear from pharmacy shelves through the long hands of irresponsible staff motivated by greed, we must make sure that now we hold each other to account.
You must be the able gate-keepers of our health facilities and healthcare. The change we seek in healthcare cannot be achieved if you do not rise to be the change agents for good healthcare both in words and deeds.
You are capable of achieving peaks of excellence and earning the recognition of our country. At the individual level, most of you have attained impressive levels of proficiency. However, there is room for progress, particularly in building up the intermediate and long-term care sector and casualty sector, as well as providing more integrated, patient-centric care.
As a county government we are working to rehabilitate and expand our healthcare facilities, and upgrade this hospital to a referral hospital. We shall buy more drugs and equip our health facilities even more, and employ more doctors to meet the growing demands of health services in Narok County.
Some of you have stayed for too long in your duty stations, and this has largely compromised efficiency. It has become necessary that in the weeks and months ahead we shall effect transfers among you.
As a county government we are keen to improve your working conditions and ensure that you get equal pay to equal work and skills. We shall facilitate essential training programmes to enhance your skills the more so that your local services may measure up to the standards of practice globally.
The county government will acquire more ambulances to meet whatever cases of emergency that may rise, so that every effort may be made to save life.
We will listen to you each time you speak to us, but we shall also expect that you will execute your duties remarkably and with unrivalled passion and commitment.
We cannot settle for less. A lapse in healthcare service delivery is a highway to tragedy in Narok County. There must be no room for irresponsibility or excuses that feed incompetence in health care services.
It really should not be in the interest of any health worker to be less committed to their work. Your services are critical to the people, and we shall work with you to make your services better.
This county needs inimitable teamwork involving well trained and committed healthcare professionals who engage patients and their families, to deliver care with empathy and sacrifice.
Yours is not a job but a calling. My administration will have to make hard choices on healthcare services, and so must you. The people expect so much from you and so does the county government just as much as the world at large. The happiness of our people is not possible without efficiency and confidence in health care.
Our vision for the health sector in Narok County spells out our commitment to build capacity to improve access to health services, and how we will introduce new models of care to improve the quality and outcome of healthcare services, as well as how we will enhance our financing framework to keep healthcare affordable to all the residents of Narok County.
To those who will rise to give their best in healthcare service delivery, Narok County will always remember your courage, dedication and sacrifice. We will honour our healthcare professionals, administrators and support officers, for commitment to quality care and excellence in service.
From this moment on, let us heed the new awakening, fold our sleeves and get down to work. Our goals are many and they are urgent. The demands of devolution ensure that our county’s responsibilities are not transferable, and it is mandatory to shoulder every responsibility for the hope of better days.
Thank you all.
The Narok County Public Service Board invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the following vacant positions:
A. YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OFFICER II, JOB GROUP ‘J’ [12 VACANCIES]
B. DRIVER III JOB GROUP ‘D’ [10 VACANCIES]
C. PLANT OPERATORS GRADE III [3 POSTS] JOB GROUP ‘D’
D. SECRETARIAL ASSISTANTS II [8 POSTS] JOB GROUP ‘G’
- The applications should reach the county public service board on or before 5th August, 2014
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
- All applicants should include copies of the following clearance certificates:-
1. Kenya Revenue Authority
2. Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission
3. Certificate of good conduct
4. Higher Education Loans Board
DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT ATTACHED FOR FULL INFORMATION
H.E.Mr.Guo Jinlong, Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee (vice presidential level), met with Hon. Samwel Kuntai, Governor of Narok County at 10:10 am on Sunday, 13th July 2014, in Masai Mara Keekorok Lodge. The topic of the meeting was to follow up and promote the wildlife protection cooperation agreed by H.E. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta during Premier Li’s visit to Kenya in early May 2014.
After the meeting, H.E.Guo represented Beijing Municipal Government to donate two Foton pick ups (Tunland) to Narok County Government,with the aim of enhancing and boosting enforcement and also help in conservation efforts.
Chinese delegation members were 14 officials, while Hon.Kuntai and other related officials totaling about 10 officials who included the CEC for trade tourism and cooperatives hon Allan Twala , MP for Narok East hon Len Aramat,chief park warden,James sindio,the director of press,Diana daido,chief officers in the ministry of trade and tourism,chief of staff,Sasai maison ,political advisor,ole lankas,hon.ole kijabe,MCA for kimintet among other officials.
The governor promised to work with the friends of the county and in extension friends of Kenya
He thanked the Chinese for assisting in infrastructure and as the county, he asked if the Chinese could further help in raising standards in all sectors including road construction.
The two excellencies also agreed that the Beijing county will come up with a scheme to give scholarships to those who will wish to further their studies in China.a well managed student exchange program will be started as this will boost the cooperation between the two governments and boost education standards in the county.
The governor asked the Chinese envoy to also assist the county in terms of ICT development.This will have a huge impact in the growth of the economy for Narok and make governance and service delivery prompt and efficient.
Bilateral trade between the two counties was also discussed and it was agreed that more trade will ensue.the trickle down effect will have a huge impact on the day to day lives of the residents of Narok county.
Investors were also invited to set up a beads factory in the county to help preserve culture and be the premier county to undertake such a path.
In his response, Beijing will give special treatment and scholarship opportunities
touching on the tourism sector,the Chinese delegation promised to work towards achieving the set goal of over 1million tourist every year to Kenya.
The governor thanked the Chinese for their support and promised to continue collaborating with the Chinese government.
Those sworn into office were Christopher Lenkukuu (Agriculture),
Gabriel Turasha (livestock),
Faith Gachachi (fisheries),
Mary Yiapan (Education and social services),
Jane Siwa(Gender and youth affairs),
Stephen Meriki (Enviroment and Natural resources),
Stanley Nangisa (Water and Irrigation),
Charles Guitau Ngugi (Finance)
Nyamalo Ngumum (medical services).
Maasai Mara is a unique trans-border heritage site for both Kenya and Tanzania. It lies within the Narok County on the Kenyan side What are some of the challenges it poses to the Communities around it?
This unique national heritage and treasure has its fair share of unique challenges .
The communities that inhabit the area around Mara cannot be involved in economic activities that would jeopardize or threaten its existence. The County Government had to look for a way of cushioning the people living around Maasai Mara. Even where they are keeping livestock they are limited only to that activity.
Reference is made to the advertisement for the various job opportunities that appeared in the Daily Nation and the Standard News paper respectively on 28th October 2013. The County Government of Narok through the County Public Service Board is pleased to invite the following shortlisted candidates for oral interviews to be conducted on the dates and time indicated against their names.
The public is hereby cautioned of this number 0716868761
The fraudster who claims to be the head of procurement is a total con
He goes by several aliases including mwita,hussein,omar among others.
Report to the police in case he ever contacts you.
He is targeting those interested in the tenders that have been advertised.
The Narok County Government through the assembly has passed a law barring all lodges and hotels inside the Mara from selling curios. The activity has been left to benefit the locals who have for a long time not benefited from the business.
The law,which is yet to be effected,will see an economic growth among the women who take their time to make these items.
This is just a move among many more by the county government to protect the citizens from unfair competition.