In a move to elevate public finance management and enhance healthcare capabilities, the County Government of Uasin Gishu on Thursday hosted officials from the USAID HERO Project and Kenyatta University in discussions that aimed at strategizing and upscaling public finance management practices to bolster the county’s healthcare sector.

Speaking in his office during a courtesy call, Governor Dr. Jonathan Bii noted that the collaborative partnership focuses on effective public financial management as a means of advocating for increased investments in healthcare, strengthen social protection initiatives, optimize decision-making processes, raise public awareness on health-related issues as well as advocate for the implementation of the Facility Improvement Financing Act(FIFA) at the county level.

“By aligning efforts towards these crucial goals the partnership seeks to drive positive transformations in the healthcare system,”said Dr. Bii.

He added “One of the key objectives of the collaboration is to ensure the timely processing of facility claims by prioritizing successful partnerships and streamlining operational efficiencies within the healthcare system,”.

Governor Bii further expressed his administration’s commitment to embracing strategic partnerships to enhance the delivery of healthcare services to the residents by emphasizing the importance of capacity-building initiatives such as interdepartmental training on financial management to enhance the County’s healthcare financing and management capabilities.

Health Services County Executive Committee Member Dr Abraham Serem noted that the partnership will also help in building a case with the County Assembly Health Committee for proper planning and budgeting during the decision making processes and budget making.

USAID HERO Chief of Party Peter Milo said they are committed to advancing healthcare services in the County by promoting financial accountability and driving sustainable improvements in public health outcomes.

” Through collaborative strategies and cross-sectoral partnerships we as stakeholders aim to strengthen the County’s healthcare infrastructure, enhance service delivery and improve the overall well-being of its residents,”said Milo.

According to Kenyatta University Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Proffessor Caroline Langat, the partnership serves as a pivotal moment in leveraging expertise, resources and insights from diverse partners to establish a solid foundation for effective public finance management in healthcare.

Present were Dr. Isaac Chome(Deputy Chief of Party USAID HERO),Stephen Kemei (Perth Australia),Chief of Staff Nicholas Chepkwony,Chief Officers Dr.Joyce Sang (Clinical Services),Dr. Paul Wangwe (Promotive and Preventive Health),Directors Dr. Evans Kiprotich (Health) and Dr. Sarah Kipkulei(Administration and Planning-Health).