West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo has revealed that his government has achieved a devolution target set by the constitution earmarking the health, Agriculture and Education sectors as success stories in the region that had been marginalized for a long time by many regimes.
Speaking during the state of the County address at the County assembly, Lonyangapuo said the county has made tremendous achievements in the health sector in the last three years.
Lonyangapuo said that improved healthcare is one of the major successes of devolution and singled out the operationalization of the Renal Unit at Kapenguria County Referral Hospital saying it has marked an end to long and resource-draining journeys for patients in search of the vital service in other health institutions.
He noted that the County has established a 300-bed isolation facility at Aramaket to assist in treatment of COVID-19 patients.
He said that they have opened thirty new health facilities (Dispensaries) among them Moruebong and Morwongar along Kenya- Uganda border.
The governor said that the County has used four hundred million Bursary kitty for FY2019/2020 for all students in secondary schools, tertiary institutions and universities has increased access to education through improved school enrollment, transition and retention rates.
He said that County Government of West Pokot started the Directorate of Adult Education in June 2018 to mitigate high illiteracy levels which stood at 68.2% in 2017.
In Agriculture, Livestock Breeds Improvement programme which he started has seen several farmers adopting the method for better competitive prices for their cows at local and outside markets.
The governor who spoke after addressing the county assembly of West Pokot urged the members to continue providing oversight as they try as a county to struggle with the effects of Covid- 19 pandemic that has seen its operations in some areas being below level as most businesses has been affected thus the downward revenue collection.