HEALTH

Prof Rogo's task force must produce tangible results

There must be transparent mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating the taskforce’s progress.

In Summary
  • To ensure that it does not become another well-intentioned but ultimately ineffective initiative, several measures must be put in place.
  • Clear benchmarks and regular public updates will be crucial in maintaining accountability.
World Bank lead health consultant in Africa Prof Khama Rogo.
NEW TEAM: World Bank lead health consultant in Africa Prof Khama Rogo.
Image: ALICE WAITHERA

The formation of a task force to help the government recruit 20,000 new health workers marks a significant step toward addressing the critical shortage of healthcare workers.

The team, known as the Presidential Task Force on Addressing Human Resources for Health, also seeks to harmonise employment terms across the healthcare sector.

This is a commendable and much-needed effort to bolster health services. It also lends credibility to efforts by President William Ruto to fulfil Kenya Kwanza’s manifesto.

While we welcome this initiative with optimism, it is imperative to temper our enthusiasm with a healthy dose of caution. History has taught us that similar task forces have failed to deliver tangible results.

The Kenya Medical Association's scepticism serves as a sobering reminder of the potential pitfalls.

The new team is headed by Prof Khama Rogo, a World Bank consultant with a good reputation.

To ensure that it does not become another well-intentioned but ultimately ineffective initiative, several measures must be put in place.

First, there must be transparent mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating the task force’s progress. Clear benchmarks and regular public updates will be crucial in maintaining accountability.

Additionally, the involvement of key stakeholders, including national and county governments, healthcare professionals and civil society, will be essential in ensuring that the task force’s recommendations are both practical and implementable.

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