Primary health careDispensaries will offer primary health care services such as immunisation, basic emergency services and treatment of common diseases. However, the department will not use the budgetary allocation to construct new facilities, but to upgrade existing ones. “The department will continue to build on the gains made in the previous MTEF period. It includes infrastructural upgrading programme targeting seven key hospitals,” states the report. The hospitals listed for upgrading include Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital, Naivasha, Gilgil, Molo, Olenguruone, Elburgon,Githioro dispensaries as well as Njoro and Bahati hospitals. There is a total of 674 health facilities spread across the county including private, faith-based , non- governmental and public ones. In addition, the county has 249 community units that offer level one services. In the past three years, the health department has been taking the lion’s share of county budget, with an allocation of 34.3 per cent. However, 57 per cent of the funding is spent on personnel emolument. The county health expenditure was financed from different sources including the county government (53.9 per cent) and out of pocket household expenditure (31.1 per cent). Donors funded 7 per cent of the budget while corporates raised 8 per cent of the funding.
Preventive health“The department will strengthen preventive and promotive health services to address the over 80 per cent of the sanitation-related disease burden and rising burden of non-communicable diseases,” states the report. According to Nakuru Health Sector Strategic and Investment plan of 2018/2022 report, at least 80 per cent of diseases can be prevented through community sensitisation. Top causes of ill health for children under the age of five include upper respiratory tract infection (17 per cent), diarrhea (6.2), pneumonia (3.4), tonsils (2.6) and ear infection (2.5).