West Pokot

West Pokot county Turkwell Dam

Location: Located in the Rift Valley, it borders the following counties; Turkana to the North, Baringo to the East, Elgeyo Marakwet and Trans Nzoia to the South, and The Republic of Uganda to the West.

Area (Km 2): 9,169.4 Km 2

Climate/Weather: Rainfall varies from 400mm (lowlands) to 1,500mm (highlands) per annum. Temperature ranges from a minimum of 10 °C to a maximum of 30 °C in different parts of the county.

Road Network: Bitumen Surface (151 Km), Gravel Surface (349 Km), Earth Surface (697 Km)

West Pokot County

  • Kapenguria
  • Sigor
  • Kacheliba
  • Pokot South

Population: 512,690 (Male – 50 %, Female – 50-%)

Population Density: 56 people per Km 2

National Percentage: 1.33 %

Annual Growth Rate: 3.1 %

Age Distribution: 0-14 years (52.2 %), 15-64 years (45.1 %), 65+ years (2.7 %)

Number of Households: 93,777

  • Nasolot Game Reserve,
  • Kapenguria Prison Museum

Some Strengths of West Pokot County include:

  • Natural resources as land, water, wildlife, livestock, pasture, forests, minerals, medicinal plants, solar, wind energy
  • Tourist Attractions as wildlife, scenic sites, eco-tourism, escarpments, Kapenguria Museum, Turkwel Hydro-Power Plant
  • Main Economic Activities include nomadic pastoralism, agriculture mining, general businesses

Potential Minerals: gold, copper limestone, kyanite, talc, muscovite, iron ore, graphite, garnet

Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (318), Secondary (34)

Primary: Enrolment (105,452)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:50 (Public Schools)

Secondary: Enrolment (9,897)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:36 (Public Schools)

Tertiary: Data Not Available

Adult Literacy Classes: Enrolment; Over 1,400

Health Facilities: 31 - District Hospitals (1), Dispensaries (27), Health Centres (3)

Doctor to Population Ratio: 1: 84,528

Infant Mortality Rates: 108 /1000

Under Five Mortality Rates: 206 /1000

Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Respiratory Tract Infections, Diarrhoea, Skin Infections

Notable Hospitals: Kapenguria District Hospital


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