Gov’t allocates Ksh.10B for internet connectivity


Principal secretary for innovation and ICT Jerome Ochieng
Principal secretary for innovation and ICT Jerome Ochieng

In Summary

  • Internet connectivity in government hospitals will ensure proper health care for citizens.
  • The government also expects security to be enhanced as police stations will have the technological tools to monitor traffic and discourage criminal activities.
  • The government also expects the connectivity to enable the IFMIS payment system to be accessible to sub counties.

The national government has allocated Ksh.10billion to all counties and sub counties for internet connectivity.

Principal Secretary for ICT and Innovation Jerome Ochieng said the connectivity will be an extension from the counties countrywide to the sub counties.

He added that within three to five years owing to the size of some counties, the programme will be complete.

Speaking during the launch of the connectivity for Kisumu County, Ochieng said the targeted areas include hospitals, schools and police stations.

According to him, the connectivity in government hospitals will ensure proper health care for  citizens as it strives to boost tele-medicine in the country ahead of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) roll out.

The Principal Secretary noted that the government is setting infrastructure to drive the Big Four Agenda that aims at propelling the country to greater heights in terms of productivity.

He added that security of the nation will be enhanced as police stations will have the technological tools to monitor traffic and discourage criminal activities.

The government also expects the connectivity to enable the Integrated Financial Management Information System( IFMIS) payment system that’s currently available in county headquarters to be accessible in sub counties.

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