In a recent interview, Seme Member of Parliament, James Nyikal, drew attention to the alarming state of healthcare and security, drawing parallels to the situation in Shakahola. Nyikal expressed his concerns, emphasizing that individuals holding government positions often prioritize personal gains over the welfare of the Kenyan population.
According to Nyikal, the primary motivation for those in senior positions appears to revolve around acquiring personal assets such as cars, houses, and securing desirable schools for their children. The MP criticized this self-centered approach, highlighting the lack of consideration for the contributions and improvements required to enhance the lives of ordinary citizens.
Nyikal attributed the current issues in the healthcare sector to flawed leadership, suggesting that the problem could be even more pervasive. He argued against the appointment of individuals to higher positions based solely on merit, advocating for explicit instructions and guidelines during the appointment process.
One of the key challenges within the health sector, Nyikal noted, is the failure to recognize and empower professionals in the management of critical issues, including political matters. He stressed the need for better integration between the professional, management, and political aspects of the health system, describing health professionals as highly educated and organized.
The MP asserted that the prominence of healthcare issues arises due to its status as an essential service, which faces numerous obstacles, particularly in terms of financing. Nyikal argued that all systems, not just healthcare, require individuals who champion the interests of the people and protect their welfare.
As the healthcare and security sectors continue to face significant challenges, Nyikal’s remarks shed light on the need for comprehensive reforms and a shift towards a more people-centric approach in governance.
by Ian kamsa
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