CS Susan Wafula Pledges To Make A Difference In The Health Sector

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Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary Susan N. Wafula has taken over the reins of power at the Ministry of Health, pledging to continue building on the successes while improving in some areas to deliver quality health services to Kenyans.

In her maiden address during the handover ceremony at Afya house, Nairobi, CS Wafula thanked her predecessor Senator Mutahi Kagwe for the seamless handover, acknowledging ministry officials' efforts to ensure a smooth handover.

"I know change of regime is normally not so easy, but such processes make it seamless, and it makes people comfortable as they come in and those who are going to exit comfortably. I look forward to carrying on with the good things that you have done, putting more blocks on the foundation that you have laid, and carrying on in the best way possible," stated CS Wafula.

Additionally, the CS thanked President William Ruto for deeming it fit to appoint her to serve in the health ministry.

"I believe we are planted in places in different seasons for a reason, and I want to call upon my colleagues and everybody else within the ministry that as we are planted here for this season, let us make a difference so that at the end of our time when it comes, we shall also look back and say the journey was worth it," she said.

In his farewell remarks, after a two-and-a-half-year stint at the helm of the health docket, immediate former CS Senator Mutahi Kagwe expressed his support to the new Cabinet Secretary, saying he was ready to assist when required. At the same time, he thanked top Ministry Officials for their support and dedication during his tenure.

"I came at a time when things were fairly difficult, and I want to say without support from this team, the achievements that we have made would not have been made," reiterated Kagwe.

"I want to congratulate my colleague, the CS, and welcome her with an open heart to this Ministry. We have not left this country; we are just around the corner, and I want to tell you, madam CS that we are ready to assist in any way we can. The most critical thing is continuity," Kagwe added.

During the handover ceremony, the new CS received several documents, among them the Ministerial handover report, the constitution of Kenya 2010, the Kenya Health Sector Strategic Plan, and a performance contract.

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