Counties will be compelled to recruit community health workers, pay them allowances and provide necessary protective gear if senators pass a bill currently before the House.
The Community Health Services Bill sponsored by nominated Senator Agnes Zani will provide a legal regime for recognition of community health services and their regulation.
The proposed law has already been introduced in the House and gone through public participation that was conducted by the Committee on Health, chaired by Trans Nzoia Senator Michael Mbito.
“Community health services are instrumental in achieving preventive healthcare and ensuring access to health services in compliance with Article 43 of the Constitution,” Dr Zani says in the memorandum of objects of the bill.
The senator also wants CEC in charge of Health in all the 47 counties to report periodically to the county assembly on the status of community health providers in their respective counties.