CS Health Nakhumicha highlights urgent need for reforms to ensure transparency and accountability
Nairobi, Kenya – May 17, 2023 – CS Health Nakhumicha S. Wafula has underscored corruption and unethical conduct as pressing issues within the implementation of healthcare projects in Kenya.
The remarks were made during the launch of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Survey Report, which aims to assess the nature and extent of these challenges in the health sector.
The survey report, conducted by the EACC, serves as an eye-opener, shedding light on the pervasive nature and extent of corruption and unethical practices in the implementation of healthcare projects. Its findings indicate that the Ministry of Health ranks as the second-most corrupt institution in Kenya, reinforcing concerns about the sector’s integrity.
CS Nakhumicha lauded the EACC’s efforts in swiftly initiating investigations into the alleged corruption cases within the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA). She expressed hopes for a timely completion of these investigations, emphasizing the importance of holding those responsible accountable for their actions.
During the address, CS Nakhumicha highlighted the significance of the survey report, which coincides with the administration of President William Ruto. This alignment provides a unique opportunity to drive crucial reforms and establish a transparent and accountable healthcare system that benefits all Kenyan citizens.
The report’s recommendations will inform legal, policy, and administrative interventions to address the deep-rooted issues plaguing the sector. One key area of focus is the Conflict of Interest Bill, 2023, recently approved by the Cabinet. “If enacted, this legislation will help curb conflicts of interest in procurement and financial management related to health projects, mitigating corruption risks,” she said.
Furthermore, the government, under the leadership of President William Ruto, is actively implementing various reform measures to enhance accountability and efficiency. Robust reforms in the Performance Contracting Framework are underway, with the aim of addressing accountability deficits and improving public duty performance.
Strengthening oversight agencies, including the EACC, Judiciary, and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, is another priority. The CS said the government recognizes that these agencies play a vital role in combatting corruption and ensuring the effective discharge of their mandates.
Harnessing the power of technology, the automation of government services is being actively pursued. This approach aims to reduce human interface, thereby minimizing opportunities for corruption and enhancing transparency in service delivery.
CS Nakhumicha acknowledged that corruption remains a significant drawback in Kenya’s healthcare reform efforts. The survey report corroborates this fact, emphasizing the urgent need for men and women in public office to uphold high standards of integrity. The Ministry of Health is committed to reviewing internal controls, aligning them with the EACC’s recommendations outlined in the report, she stated.
The launch of the EACC Survey Report signifies a significant step forward in the battle against corruption and unethical conduct in Kenya’s healthcare projects. The Ministry of Health, together with the government, is determined to diligently study the report and take decisive actions to address the highlighted challenges.
As Kenya works towards achieving national goals, the eradication of corruption and the establishment of accountable systems within the healthcare sector are pivotal. By fostering transparency, integrity, and ethical conduct, the government aims to ensure that healthcare services reach those in need, ultimately enhancing the overall well-being of the Kenyan population.