Meet Susan Nakhumicha, the new Health CS

What you need to know about newly appointed health CS Susan Nakhumicha Wafula

Piece by: Naomi Waweru

. Is Susan Nakhumicha fit for her new position as the new CS for health?

. Here is the illustrious career portfolio for CS Susan Wafula.

The new health CS is well-read
Susan Nakhumicha The new health CS is well-read
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Born and raised in Bungoma county, the new health CS Susan Nakhumicha Wafula will be replacing the honoured Mr Mutahi Kagwe who was hailed for his exemplary work during the on-set of Covid-19.

This is after her appointment on Tuesday evening by president William Ruto. Nakhumicha is known to shine on matters education with her lengthy and weighty curriculum vitae.

So who is she?

She is an alumni of Jomo Kenyatta University [JKUAT] and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Procurement and Management,a Master's degree in Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management and  a PhD in Business Management at the same University.

She also has a diploma in Pharmacy from Kenya Medical Training Institute (KMTC) and another Diploma in Healthcare Management from Kenya Institute of Management.

Until her appointment, the new Afya House boss worked as Head of Supply at University of California San Francisco (UCSF)  a global Program for Research and Training.

This program deals with curbing challenges of infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis by partnering with health stakeholders.

Could this be one of the reasons that Ruto saw it fit to appoint her as the Health CS?

Politically, she unsuccessfully vied for the Trans-Nzoia Woman Representative seat in 2022 after being a Ford party member where she is also the vice chairperson for women, youth and children.

In her manifesto for the woman-rep position the well-read politician listed maternal health, water and sanitation, affirmative social economic empowerment, youth involvement and empowerment and girl-child education.

Her appointment is now a chance for her to accomplish all that and much more since it is now a bigger platform.

Is Susan Nakhumicha qualified for the health CS position?

In addition to her many papers, she also has experience serving in Nairobi Women’s Hospital as the Procurement and Logistics Manager 

Between 2007 and 2013, Dr.Susan Wafula worked as the purchasing manager of the Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies. Additionally, Wafula served as a pharmacy in charge for AAR Kisumu branch.

Her linkedin page describes her expertise as; procurement and supply chain, knowledge in efficient tracking and trace-ability of goods, capable of improving supply chain performance in four key areas of efficiency, reliability, resilience and sustainability.

Kenyans only have to sit and watch as she executes her mandate and maintain the bar set by her predecessor Mutahi Kagwe. 

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