The County Government of Nandi under the leadership of Governor Stephen Sang is reshaping Nandi’s health system so that it is more patient focused and efficient.
The construction of a new model Trauma Centre at Nandi Hills Hospital is set to be completed within the next few months.
The Trauma Centre which is being constructed by the County Government of Nandi through the Department of Health and Sanitation will be the first model trauma hospital in western Kenya region.
The trauma centre, will have an High Dependency Unit, operation theatre, X-ray, Ultrasound, a laboratory, pharmacy, wards and consultation rooms.
While on a working visit to the facility, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang said the centre will majorly deal with trauma and post-trauma cases resulting from road accidents.
“Better health care means putting patients first. This new, modern facility will ensure patients can access the consistent and reliable care they need while offering hospital staff an improved facility that allows them to do their work efficiently and quickly,” said the County boss.
“We plan that when we finish this project before the end of this year, everything will have been ready and the installation done,” said Governor Sang.
The Trauma centre will serve four other counties of Kisumu, Kericho, Vihiga and Kakamega.
The new out-patient wing at Nandi Hills County Hospital has also greatly improved patient flow and ensure residents get better health care.
Effective Public participation is key in ensuring that public views and ideas are considered during the decision making process.
The County Government of Nandi, led by Acting CECM Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Dr. Kiplimo Lagat held the first public participation exercise with residents of Chemelil /Chemase and Songhor /Soba wards, Tinderet sub county in relation to Songhor Solar Park project.
Speaking during the exercise Dr. Kiplimo Lagat emphasized on the need to have a comprehensive consultative fora between the locals, County Government and the investors to ensure proper planning and mediation process.
The event saw members of the public express their concerns that they feel are to be addressed before the project begins.
Songhor Solar Park project is funded by African Development Bank (AfDB) and CIF. The project is managed by French Company Voltalia.
Once complete, the project will have a 50MW(40 MWac net capacity) Solar power among other benefits including creating job opportunities for the locals.
Those in attendance included Area MCAS, Hon Chepnyango, Hon Hillary, CECM Trade Jacob Tanui, Acting CECM Roads Elly Kurgat, Chief Officers LENRCC, Dr Mang’ira, Chief Officer Agriculture Mr. Lelei, County Physical planner and Surveyor, Sub County Administrator Mr. Tallam, NLC Coordinator Mr. Maiyo, County Director NEMA Mr. Mahiva, County Legal Officer Mr. Awi, DCC Tinderet Madam Oyugi, Volatalia Chairman among other leaders.
Chief Administrative Secretary Ministry of Environment and Forestry Hon. Mohammed Elmi, Kenya Water Towers Agency Chief Executive Officer Professor Maritim and other representatives from different Environment agencies today visited Nandi to familiarize themselves with projects being undertaken by Kenya Water Towers and other agencies within the Ministry.
The team toured Kibirong and Kingwal wetlands. The County Government of Nandi has set aside 50 acres of land for plantation of bamboo at Kibirong wetlands as a demonstration farm.
Speaking at Kibirong, Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Cheruiyot emphasized on the County’s commitment to improve the livelihoods of the community as well as conserve the environment. “We welcome our partners as we strive to improve our forest cover and capacity build our communities on how to appreciate the wetlands and earn a living out of it” she added.
Kibirong wetlands covers close to 500 acres within Kaptumo and Koyo wards located within Aldai Sub County. Among the socio-economic activities benefiting the community includes water supply for irrigation, timber and papyrus production, research and education.
As much as the wetlands has positive benefits to the community, the wetland also faces human threats like planting of eucalyptus trees around the wetland, deforestation for timber and firewood, soil harvesting and brick making and over grazing among others.
Other development partners present included officials from Kenya Wildlife Service, National Environment Management Authority, Netfund and Kenya Forest Service.
Over 1000 bamboo seedlings were planted today. Bamboos when well managed mature at 5 years and annual harvest thereafter.
The 3 days land validation done by the County Department of Lands Environment and Natural Resources that saw Kiptenden B, Swahili village, Muchanganyiko, Kiboswa T. C and Laboret genuine land owners verify their land size and location came to an end today.
Among the issues that were considered include creation of road truncation, waste disposal sites, a slaughter house and provision of service lanes.
Soon an advertisement will be placed on local dailies on notice of completion of the plans that will take a period of 60 days, thereafter the plan will be be submitted to County Assembly for approval then once it has been approved, survey works will be done and National Lands Commission will proceed to issue allotment letters which will result to leases for the trading centers (Kiboswa and Laboret) title deeds will be issued to the farms.
Department of Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change and Consultants in Planning and Surveying will in the next three days conduct a validation process for several farms; Kiptenden ‘B’, Swahili village, Mchanganyiko, Kiboswa T.C, Kipkarren Salient(Laboret) and Orkokit.
Today the teams visited Swahili village and Kiptenden ‘B’ farm for validation process which involves confirming the plot number, acreage, boundaries and any necessary information to be captured before mounting beacons and issuance of title deeds are done.
The community was also informed of the need to allocate land for public utilities like churches, trading centres, schools among others.
Once the process is complete 51 title deeds will be issued to residents of Kiptenden B. So far, Sarwat, Itubet and Underit farms within Tinderet subcounty have title deeds.
Tomorrow the teams will be in Mchanganyiko cooperative farm in Nandi hills and Kiboswa T.C
The County Government of Nandi is working closely with the National Government to ensure that genuine land owners get their title deeds.
Today the residents of Kamwega, Chepng’abai, Kipsasuron and Kabose villages in Sang’alo /Kebulonik Ward received over 150 title deeds.
Speaking during the exercise Governor Sang asked the Sub County and ward administrators to do a follow up of the people to be given the title deeds across the entire County. “The title deeds should be issued at the Sub locations to make it easier to reach more people” he added.
Kamwega section has 1000 title deeds to be collected.
As a County, we are following keenly proceedings in court touching on land dispute between Tartar community members and Kipkeibon Tea Estate Limited in Chepkunyuk Ward, Nandi Hills Sub-County.
A total of 74 families are seeking to have Kipkeibon Estates Limited hand back a piece of land which they claim to be their ancestral land, that they occupy part of it to date and the Early 70s where in the process of purchasing it from Mr Khol (white settler), and later Mr Potter (white settler) before their deaths.
Key to note is the betrayal of trust by the very people and leaders they entrusted with their hopes and dreams of owning the land they call home that has now turned into a nightmare spanning 5 decades .
We thank the Judiciary for providing the fora for Mediation as a way of expeditiously resolving the dispute. We note most of the claimants are elderly in their late 80s and have waited too long for justice to prevail and truly enjoy the fruits of an independent Kenya.
The Department of Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change has today met with a team from Water Tower Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (WATER) to plan way forward concerning the grants to be received from European Union.
It is worth noting that so far no funds have been received from European Union and when all the processes have been completed and the contract signed the funds will be availed.
According to Jonathan Davies, Team Leader WaTER Programme, Nandi County delivered a strong proposal worth investing on. “The proposal submitted from Nandi is among the best in the 11 Counties we intend to work with and we hope the same efforts will be seen throughout the implementation process” he said.
Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Cheruiyot thanked the EU for finding it fit to partner with the County in ensuring that we Conserve the Environment.
Once the funds are available a number of activities aimed at Conserving the environment will be done. These includes rehabilitating deforested sites of Nandi North and South forests, Bamboo planting in 100HA of gazzetted forest, Conducting community sensitization and awareness, training of 3 Community Forest Association and Water Resource Users Association on best forest practices among other environmental activities.
Audit will be done by EU on a yearly basis. Implementation period for the programme is 36 months.
Food and Agriculture Organization in partnership with the county department of Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change today held County Environment Committee Training for Gazzetted members of the environment.
The Environment members have been gazzetted and some of the functions they have been mandated to do include being responsible for proper management of the environment within the County, Development of County Environment Action plan after every 5 years , promote environmental education and awareness to the community, Protection and conservation of environment ie hills, forests, traditional areas and environmental restoration and conservation by cutting off eucalyptus trees an exercise which is ongoing across the 6 Sub Counties.
Among the areas of focus discussed include discussions on Environmental issues like hunting of sitatungas and dikdiks, escarpment restoration, Sand harvesting along the rivers, change in rainfall patterns, waste management and Climate Change.
The County Department of Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change together with the Spatial Plan Consultants and other key stakeholders today held a County Spatial Plan Inception Workshop to discuss way forward on how best to achieve the desired plan.
While officially opening the two days workshop, Acting County Secretary Dr. Sang emphasized on the need to have a Spatial Plan that will be sustainable and will include roles of various actors throughout the implementation process.
County Spatial Plan will be of benefit to the County as it will promote balanced and equitable development across the County, enhance effective coordination between the different departments, Spur development of the county’s economy, improve conditions of human settlements and provide an enabling environment for potential investors among other benefits.
Participants will be taken through key Spatial planning areas, Spatial optimization processes, Land use guidelines, validation of land use plan among other steps.
Members of the County Assembly, Lands Committee led by Chairman Hon. Robert Kirwa appreciated the efforts being done by the County as this will lead to proper planning of the town hence reducing the congestion experienced.
Acting CECM Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Dr. Kiplimo Lagat emphasized on the need to consider the population growth when planning. “Let us plan well and make our County sustainable through providing access to water and Healthcare. Improper Land Sub division and unemployment are as a result of poor planning” he said.
Chief Officer LENRCC Dr. Mang’ira urged the consultant to develop a County Spatial Plan that will meet the threshold. “Let us do it right from the beginning” he added.
The participants were drawn from different sectors including Food and Agriculture Organization, National Environment Management Authority, Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Wildlife Service and National Land Commission.