The incoming County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Health and Sanitation, Dr Francis Iris Mariao, has assured the Senior Health Management Team of his support in fulfilling the envisioned healthcare services in the county.
During the handover ceremony, County Secretary Peter Eripete emphasised the Department’s need to execute the Governor’s fourth agenda; improved health and sanitation services.
He also advised the team to strengthen staff supervision and engage the County Assembly Health Committee to advocate for a favorable budget allocation.
The immediate former CECM for Tourism, Culture, Environment, and Natural Resources, Dr Mariao, expressed his commitment to enhancing partner coordination to help address the budget deficit in the Department.
CECM urged the senior health officers to mentor young individuals interested in pursuing medical courses for their higher education.
Dr Anthony Apalia, the outgoing Health CECM, identified several key areas for the new CECM’s focus as he takes over the Department; human resource management, improving the referral system, and finalising the County Health Strategic Investment Plan.
Both County Chief Officers; Dr. Gilchrist Lokoel and Peter Lomorukai wished Dr Apalia success in his new Department of Agriculture, Livestock Development, and Fisheries. They also welcomed Dr Mariao and assured him of their support.
The CCO Lomorukai, highlighted the connection between health and agriculture, particularly in implementing the One Health Strategy.
Dr. Lokoel, emphasized the urgent need to increase the health workforce, recognizing it as one of the six pillars identified by WHO as health system building blocks.
The Senior Health Management Team attended the handover ceremony.