Kajiado County Government today held its first and a one of its kind goat auction whose proceeds will be used to secure medical insurance under the National Hospital Insurance Fund cover for five thousand needy and vulnerable households within the County.Each of the 25 wards of the five sub counties had been allocated 200 goats to be sold during the auction which attracted buyers from different parts of the country.
Deputy President William Ruto who officiated the auction assured the residents of support from the National government in spearheading the matters health in line with the big four agenda spearheaded by the Jubilee Government.
He congratulated the County Government on its efforts in partnership with the Kenya Literature Bureau, KLB to empower ECDE schools through introduction of literature and other materials that give learners a firm foundation in basic education.“For our children to succeed they need a solid educational background,” said Ruto.
Having earlier laid a foundation stone for the construction of the first ever university in Kajiado Ruto said young people transitioning from secondary schools need to have technical training and skills that will help them drive the development agenda.“This country needs technical people with skills and expertise within the various sectors and the education arena needs to be equipped with tools to help it achieve this,” he said.
The Deputy President further assured the residents of continued infrastructural developments that will see the completion of key roads that will open up the county to more industrial opportunities. “The development agenda needs proactive efforts and not mere talk,” added Ruto.
Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku in a rejoinder said the goat auction will be an annual event and hopes that in the next one year 50% uptake of medical insurance through NHIF will be achieved within the county. “One of the pillars of the big four agenda is universal health coverage. We hope to achieve 100% coverage from 20% by 2022,” he said.
He lauded the work done by the county and sub county administrative officers in sensitizing the residents on the importance of the NHIF medical insurance as well as the county government goat auction initiative. “90% of our health facilities are accredited by NHIF and our people are now more aware of what they stand to gain by taking up medical insurance by NHIF,” said the Governor.
The governor further thanked the partnership with national government institutions like the Kenya Literature Bureau, KLB who have played a key role in facilitating a curriculum that empowers the youth in technical & vocational training thus making them employable and abled to start up sustainable businesses.
Narok County Governor Samuel Ole Tunai on his part admitted that the health sector had unique challenges that needed to be bridged and congratulated the Kajiado County Government for being proactive in its “Mbuzi Moja Afya Bora” initiative as a way of safeguarding the health of its people by offering workable alternatives.“It is high time that we as a pastoralist community consider the gains of selling one goat versus the health and wellbeing of our households,” said Governor Tunai.
The goat auction exercise which was held at the County Demonstration Farm in Kajiado attracted buyers among them Members of Parliament and County Assembly, County and National Government leaders and residents from within and outside the County.