“Given that the national government’s initial approach to the pandemic was as a security rather than health issue, the counties adopted this, making it very difficult to adhere to procurement regulations,” Mr Wainaina said. He noted that, counties adopted a wait-and-see attitude.
For instance, from the analysis, the counties spent Sh2.81 billion in sprucing up facilities, creating isolation centres and other medical interventions. This raises queries on where annual health development budgets counties have been receiving since 2013 have gone to.
As the country was racing towards strengthening health systems, with the debate on the number of intensive care units (ICUs) raging on, it was only Migori, Trans Nzoia, Murang’a, Wajir, Kilifi, and Kakamega that actually budgeted for and spent funds in increasing, or building new ICU units, data from the Controller of Budget shows.