Ruth Cherotich Koech has a degree in Nursing, Biology and a Master’s in Public Health Management, with a background in the health sector for over two decades. She has worked as a healthcare provider and as a Public Health Administrator for Iowa State Public Health Department in the USA and had the privilege to review a budget of over 250 Million dollars.
It is not by mistake that I have received this appointment to head the Health Sector, I have a calling to serve the people of Nandi and I am committed to turn around the health sector.
The department’s ambition to reform the health sector in Nandi County is progressively but unquestionably being realized.
This has been achieved through the inception of an ambitious plan to streamline healthcare provision.
Within a short period of time, a reputable opinion poll has already rated Nandi County top in the country in the matters of health care provision where Governor Stephen Sang’s administration has been able to make huge strides in ensuring a smooth service provision.
With the support of Governor Sang, we were able to swiftly put an end to frequent health workers’ strikes that had decapitated the health sector in his first week of assuming office.
The much-needed drugs that were lacking in all county hospitals for a prolonged period of six months are now being supplied regularly.
Some of our hospitals have received sophisticated hospital beds including electric beds and other specialist beds that are meant to boost the effective treatment of inpatients with difficult conditions that may have hampered their mobility.
This has significantly reduced referral of patients outside the county and quick response for ambulance services by our restructured referral system.
Plans to expand Kapsabet County Referral Hospital and all Sub County hospitals to premier status and enhancing the availability of modern medical equipment in health will further reduce referrals to facilities outside the County.
In September 2017, county nurses who had been on strike for over three months ended their strike and signed a return-to work formulae with the Governor.
The health workers were demanding overdue promotions, and better terms of service and the agreement saw nurses receive their promotions and delayed salaries.
Recruitment of casual health staff has commenced (additional staffing, replacement of those who have exited the service through natural attrition, resignation among others) to reinforce those in the existing structure.
My primary interest and focus is to provide primary healthcare for our people, and going forward we will use dialogue to resolve issues instead of sitting silent and allowing our health workers to resort to frequent strikes that have resulted in deaths and suffering for Nandi patients.
All county and sub-county hospital committees and the County Health Management Board that had been constituted by the previous regime were also dissolved by the Governor to pave way for a reshuffle to ensure better management and running of county hospitals.
It is regrettable that the extend of the rot had also eaten up into NHIF and revenue reimbursements in Free Maternity Funds and hospital revenues which were suspected redirected to corrupt individuals in the previous regime.
With workable schemes in place to guide the effective management of drugs, Nandi county hospitals now enjoy a fulltime supply of drugs and other medical supplies.
The Department will continuously seal all the loopholes to ensure that all the drugs are accounted for and an effective tracking system for the drugs is in place.
Despite challenges, Tuga Tai’s agenda to transform Nandi healthcare is becoming a reality.
DR. PAUL KIPNG’ETICH LAGAT is a holder of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, from the University of Nairobi’s School of Medicine
At Eland Computer College Kericho, Kenya, he was awarded a Certificate in Computer Applications.
He attended Kapsabet Boys High School and Mogobich Primary School.
Dr. Lagat has worked as a Medical Officer- Out patient, Inpatient, ICU/HDU and Member of Therapeutic and Diagnostics committee.
He has worked at AMREF Medical evacuation as flight doctor on air ambulance and at Karen Hospital Ltd, Nairobi as a Medical officer in charge where he provided outpatient care to patients.
Dr. Lagat has vast experience in Accident and Emergency departments, critical care department-ICU/HDU Renal Unit, In-patient department.
At MTRH, Dr. Lagat worked as a Medical Officer-Accident & Emergency Department where he provided emergency medical and basic surgical care to patients.
At Ololulung’a District Hospital, Dr. Lagat was the Medical Officer In-charge where he was in charge of Hospital Administration, Personnel Management, Provision of Medical, Surgical and Obstetric services.
As a Research Intern, he worked with the Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR) Scholarship where he was attached at the Partners in Prevention Study, Eldoret Site.
He is married with children
SALLY JERUGUT KEMBOI is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Community
Health and Development at Great Lakes University, Kisumu.
Sally has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and holds a Diploma in Community Health Nursing attained at KMTC –Nairobi.
She did her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education at Itigo Girls Secondary School.
With over 20 years in service, Sally has worked at all levels of health care, starting from the dispensary to level 4, as a Nurse practitioner, Mentor, Researcher and as a Nurse Manager.
Sally has worked as the Nursing Service Manager and Nurse Manager at Kapsabet County Referral Hospital.
Previously, Sally worked as at Kapsabet District as a Hospital-Unit manager, Kampi ya Samaki dispensary as a nurse manager and at Baringo District Hospital as a nurse manager in charge of the maternity unit.
At Kenyatta National Hospital, Sally worked as a KMTC Nairobi-Student Nurse.
Other responsibilities include being a BOM member at St. Paul’s Chemalal and Kimwani Secondary Schools in Chemelil Chemase Ward representing community.
Sally is married and blessed with children.
To provide efficient and high quality health care system that is accessible, equitable and affordable for every Kenyan.
To provide health services, create an enabling environment, regulate and set standards and policy for health service delivery.
To promote and participate in provision of integrated and high quality promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health care services to all Kenyans.
CORE FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT
The core functions of the ministry include:
- Formulation and implementation of health and sanitation policies.
- Provision and promotion of preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services.
- Setting standards and regulating the provision of health service delivery.
- Administration of Medical Research Institutes, Medical Training Colleges and Health Insurance Fund
- Management of radiation protection board and regulatory bodies for pharmacy and medicine.
- Provide overall sanitation services and prevention.
- Provision of maternal and child health services.
- Quarantine administration for disease outbreak.
- Manage clinics, dispensaries, health centres and hospitals.
- Provide health education.
- Health inspection and other health services including food and safety
Nandi County distinguishes itself as a wealthy, prosperous, progressive, secure and nationally competitive county to live, work and invests in. Our aim is to make the county an attractive site and hotbed for investment of a global nature. Through this department, the county seeks to promote trade, facilitate investment and promote manufacturing and industrialization; a key agenda amongst the Presidents Big Four agenda.
Given its catalytic effect to sustain inclusive growth and huge potential for job creation and poverty eradication, the department will leverage on the current political goodwill coupled with existing policy and legal framework to achieve the set objectives. Strategic efforts has be made to utilize the qualified, dedicated and vibrant staff in the realization of the governor’s agenda.
The department has six sub-sectors that carry out various programs. These are:
- Trade Development
- Enterprise Development
- Weights and Measures
- Trade licensing, control and regulation.
Brief description of each sub-sector;
Promoting trade within the county is our first and core mandate as the department through development of wholesale and retail trade, establishing and managing of markets and facilitation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and large enterprises to improve trade that promotes wealth and employment creation. Creating an enabling environment for traders and entrepreneurs by improving ease of doing business is what we seek to achieve.
The county is well endowed with favorable business friendly environment thanks to the extensive regulatory policies and measures formulated by the County Government aimed at boosting ease of doing business. This is supported by good investment climate that advances productive private investment engine for business growth and poverty reduction. We will be operationalizing the already signed MOUs with various partners and stakeholders as we strive to add value to the readily available raw materials as there exists a market for the products courtesy of the county being a member of two regional blocs.
The department is also interested in tapping diaspora skills and investment. The diaspora liaison office is responsible for mapping diaspora members from Nandi County and providing information on investment opportunities available in the county. All this is in aim of increasing remittances from abroad and handling affairs of diaspora residents.
Nandi County strives to lead in agro-processing in Kenya, having been identified with her rich production in tea and coffee. Our goal is to promote economic development and establish effective linkages between stakeholders for industrial development through a value addition strategy and providing attractive and comprehensive package of incentives to potential and willing investors.
We are working to strengthen entrepreneurial skills through capacity building and training that foster adoption of new entrepreneurial ideas. The emergence of common interest groups and Chamas (table banking) has really promoted the growth of SMEs and brought the need to develop business incubation centers. We will focus on the existence of skillful youthful population and provide loans for them to set up cottage industries and pursue other entrepreneurial activities.
WEIGHT AND MEASURES
The issue of unhealthy competition and dubious business practices by some traders poses a threat to the development of trade in the county. Traders within the county suffer escalating cases of unfair trade from other unscrupulous traders who are stealing from them by use of faulty weighing scales. Through the Weights and Measures sub-sector, the department seeks to facilitate fair trade by ensuring use of accurate weighing and measuring equipment, encourage fair business practices and protecting the consumer against exploitation in the sale of goods and services.
TRADE LICENSING, CONTROL AND REGULATION.
Some of the emerging issue include rise of betting, gaming and lotteries, coupled up with increasing abuse of alcoholism, drugs and substance abuse, which informed the introduction of this sub-sector to handle its control and formulation of bills that guide on the same.
To create a socially stable and business-friendly environment that will attract both local and foreign investors seek wealth creating opportunities in Nandi County.
To be the first choice of investment destination and most preferred address of any new business ventures.
To realize the goal of creating opportunities for improved income generation and livelihood, the department seeks to achieve these set objectives;
- To promote and facilitate Trade, Investment and Commerce in Nandi County
- To promote business development in micro, small and medium enterprises
- To enhance public private partnership and linkages with other agencies
- Team spirit
- Continuous Improvements
Jacob is an Entrepreneur, Trainer, Motivational Speaker and a Counselor. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics, Computer and Physics from JKUAT. Jacob has over ten years’ experience in the Banking sector, having worked in Co-operative Bank, Branch Manager K-Rep Bank and Business Growth Development Manager Equity Bank. He was instrumental in setting up Credit Administration Departments both in K-Rep Bank and streamlining Credit Processes at Co-operative Bank. Mr. Tanui is married with three children and hails from Mosop Sub-County.
After our swearing in on the 24th, October 2017, we have all hit the ground running, taking immediate steps that ultimately will deliver the Transformation Agenda envisaged by Governor Stephen Sang’s Manifesto. The Department has advanced a proactive agenda focused on key intervention areas, while also solving problems and providing strong leadership on urgent and emerging issues in the department.
Our high priority areas include trade development for regional and export markets, enterprise development among the youth, women and people living with disabilities (PLWD) and investment in Special Economic Zones. We are motivated by the urgent need for inclusive development policy to ensure that vulnerable and poor groups, especially young people and women, benefit from our transformational agenda.
Efforts have been directed towards formulation and implementation of policies and legislations that favor long term inclusive development in Nandi County.
In collaboration with the departments responsible for Youth, Women and PLWD, Finance, Health, Roads and Administration among others, we have developed an enterprise development training manual. We are targeting to train over 5000 youth, women and PLWD to enable them register companies and engage in various business opportunities in and out of our County.
We are also developing a Performance Based Contracting policy which will ensure that labor based contractual opportunities are devolved and restricted to level registered companies.
If you are looking for a taste of true Rift valley highlands essence then travel to Nandi County is perfect.
Nandi boasts of its spectacular and distinguishing landscapes, cool highlands climate and lash green vegetation cover. Here, its undulating hills and valleys make very stunning scenery. Nandi also offers a rich history and a set of attractions that make it ideal for someone looking for somewhere to visit and opportunity to develop manifold holiday activities.
Chepkiit Water Falls
The Chepkiit Water Falls are located in the Kipkaren River. Take yourself here and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Chepkiit Water Falls is particularly impressive during the rainy seasons though the dirt road leading to this place may pose a problem if it rains heavily. When it rains, the last 1km stretch can only be accessible by 4X4 cars. They also make for a great picnic site and department of tourism is in the process of developing the site to world class standards. The site also has rich birdlife and scenic views of the hills, overhanging cliffs and indigenous forest.
The little known Kapchepkuk in Mosop and Tindinyoin Emgwen are also attractive waterfalls worth visiting during your stay in Nandi.
This is an idyllic swamp that is home to the rare sitatunga amphibious antelopes. The swamp is situated between Kosirai and Chepterit and is fed by the Keses River while the Kingwal River drains it out towards the west. The sitatunga population here is one of the largest. This specie is a rare semi-aquatic antelope that has webbed feet adapted for walking on the swampy conditions. The sitatungas are extremely shy so the chance of spotting them is extremely rare, even with the help of a local guide. The antelopes spend most of their days submerged in water, with only their muzzles sticking out. They emerge during the night to feed on the soft reeds and grass.
Kiplolok is a vernacular word in Kalenjin dialect which means a place of pulping water. Spread over a 3 acre piece of land, Kiplolok consists of numerous springs pulping with salty lime water.
It is believed that the springs came into existence after a ritual was performed by Maasai community warriors after losing a battle to their rival community. They murdered one of their initiates who had a kind of special human hair referred to as songonyet. They then buried his remains on the piece of land.
Water from the springs is used for domestic purposes except cooking because of its lime component which changes the taste and even the color of food. It can ferment milk if it mixes.
Kapsimotwa Gardens. (Beautiful hidden gem in Nandi County).
Kapsimotwa Gardens is a serene and secluded site located in Nandi Hills.
The gardens full of color flowers in the most vibrant shades of reds, pinks, purples, yellows, and whites, was established in the late 1950s as a community leisure retreat; where locals and callers to Nandi Hills can be one with nature.
Serene pools and dams dot the gardens which is now a popular picnic site.
The Nandi Hills are also the burial site of the renowned Nandi seer Koitalel Arap Samoei. Koitalel Arap Samoei a supreme chief of the Nandi people of Kenya, who led the Nandi rebellion against the British colonial rule. When British colonials began building the Kenya – Uganda Railway through the Nandi area, he led an eleven-year resistance movement against the railway.