All is not lost for the Nakuru Maternal and New Born child Bill 2014 even after it was negated by the county Assembly due to some contentious clauses, this is after the executive on Wednesday vowed to work closely with the Nakuru Civil Society Organizations and the County Assembly to ensure the Bill goes through after amendments.
Speaking during a CSOs consultative meeting on the way forward concerning the Bill, Nakuru County CeC for Health Dr.Mungai Kabii said the Executive was committed to ensure the Bill goes through after the amendments.
Dr.Kabii urged the Nakuru residents to own the Bill citing that if it is passed it will be one of its own and the first as no other county has so far put in place such bill that touches on maternal and new born health.
“Today we met with the CSOs and other health stakeholders in Nakuru concerning the Maternal Bill that was negated by County Assembly. We have agreed to look at the contentious clauses before we forward to the Assembly. We hope it will be passed to help boost service delivery” said Kabii.
His sentiments were echoed by Martin Lunalo from Reproductive Health and Youth Friendly Organization which has been in the forefront championing for the passage of the Bill who said the Bill will help address some of the challenges facing the County as far as Maternal Health is concerned.
Lunalo called on all Civil Society Organizations to ensure they come out and champion for the Bill which is now under amendments.
“Actually this Bill is very important for the county. The Bill seeks to ensure there is better service delivery to our people and therefore I call upon all CSOs to ensure they come out and champion for the same” he said.
Lunalo added that the Bill can only succeed if the CSOs and the people of Nakuru will work closely to ensure their input.
He urged the CSOs to help the residents of Nakuru by ensuring that they have memorandum on the same so that the views of the people are also included in the Bill to avoid any appeal against it.
“The Bill is so expensive and we cannot make it on ourselves thus why we are calling on all CSOs to ensure that we cooperate even with the residents and any stakeholders to ensure the Bill goes through” he said.
The Nakuru Maternal and New Born child Bill 2014 will be one of its kind once passed but this might tale longer considering this is election period and leaders are busy to hunt and secure votes for the next house.