Cabinet approvals to hasten attainment of Vision 2030

The recent Cabinet approvals and plans are likely to hasten the attainment of key Vision 2030 goals, the acting Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat (VDS) Director General, Prof Wainaina Gituro has said.

In a press statement, Prof Gituro singled out the plan to lease equipment for public hospitals on a public-private partnership model saying it would have a positive bearing on the delivery of Vision

2030.

He said that the approval of a number of bills including the Magistrates Courts Bill, 2014 and the Amendments to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Authority (AFFA) Act, 2013 would provide the much needed legislative authority for key Vision 2030 projects.

“The Vision Delivery Secretariat is encouraged by the recent positive steps that have been taken by the Cabinet to address some of the Vision’s delivery challenges,” said Prof Gituro.

The planned leasing of equipment for public hospitals is geared at fast-tracking the Government’s objective of attaining the highest possible health standards for its citizens.

Under the project, the Government would pay private sector to equip and maintain hospital equipment.

The scheme would focus on critical care services where there is a huge gap. Currently, the country has only 64 Intensive Care Unit beds (10 percent) against a requirement of 670 beds (90 per cent) in public Hospitals.

Other need areas to benefit are Renal Care Services, found in only five public hospitals, where only 820 patients are currently admitted against a demand of over 8000 admissions annually. The hospitals only have only 44 dialysis units against a demand of 200 units thus representing an 80 percent gap.

The proposed amendments to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Authority Act 2013 are aimed at aligning the Act with the on-going agricultural sector reform programme.

Prof Gituro at the same time noted that the Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat has successfully managed to co-ordinate the roll-out of key flagship projects covering the economic, social and political pillars of the Vision including the ground-breaking of the Standard Gauge railway line, Kenya Constitution 2010 and a raft of education and agricultural sector policy reforms geared at fostering national development.

He said the Lamu Port Southern-Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor Development Authority was also recently establishment to manage the implementation of the LAPSSET project on behalf of the government of Kenya.

He said that the VDS has also managed to embed Vision 2030 projects into the Government performance contracting platform through the inclusion of performance indicators to ensure the timely implementation of all the flagship projects.

“This inclusion is geared at ensuring that all state institutions focus on the national development agenda, Vision 2030,” said Prof Gituro.