Sumary of Kenya: Report – Vihiga Medics’ Strikes Hurting Revenue Collection:
- Frequent strikes by medical personnel in Vihiga County are hurting local revenue generation efforts, a report on the financial status and spending by the devolved unit has revealed..
- The report by the Controller of Budget (CoB) dated May 2021 says the frequent strikes witnessed in the crucial sector in the recent past have significantly affected the amount of revenue collected from public health facilities..
- The devolved unit targets to collect up to Sh100 million from the county referral hospital and the three sub-county hospitals in Sabatia, Hamisi and Emuhaya but the target is not achieved..
- This, according to the CoB report, leaves the county struggling to achieve its total annual target of Sh192 million..
- During the first nine months of the current financial year, 2020/21, the county generated a total of Sh98.2 million from several streams, the health sector included, dashing hopes of hitting the annual target by the end of this month..
- For instance, the county witnessed a long strike from December last year that lasted for over four months, leaving the facilities shut for lack of services..
- “This (strikes by health workers) has considerably compromised the county’s potential to meet the set revenue target at the medical facilities, especially at the Vihiga County Referral hospital,”.
- With the latest revelation, the failure by the four main health facilities to hit their target could rent the plan to convert them into semi-autonomous institutions….