Residents of Kisii County can now access Intensive Care services at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital.
Addressing residents during Mashujaa Day celebrations at the Gusii Stadium, Governor James Ongwae announced that installation of a six bed ICU unit and three bed High Dependency Unit had been finalized. He said the hospital was ready to receive patients in need of the service.
Previously, patients had to travel to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret or Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi to access this critical service. Governor Ongwae said the facility will be launched in the next one week.
“We are committed to bringing quality healthcare services closer to the people. This is why we have invested heavily in infrastructure upgrade at the county referral hospital as well as outlying facilities,” said Ongwae.
County to operationalize 32 health facilities
He also announced that the County will operationalize 32 health facilities built by the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and the County within this financial year. Already, the County Public Service Board has advertised posts for 80 nursing officers to be deployed in these facilities.
“Once these facilities are operationalized, residents can enjoy better services at the grassroots and this will help ease the disease burden in our healthcare system. It will also boost screening, health promotion and preventive healthcare,” added the Governor.
Recently, the County recruited 50 doctors raising their number to 170 up from 79 in 2013. Now, each Sub County hospital has a minimum of six doctors where there was one or none before devolution.
Improving water supply
Regarding water supply, the Governor announced that implementation of the KShs.1.4billion project funded by the German Bank (KfW) had began. The contractor has set up a site at Kegati ready for the start of Phase I of the project that entails repair of the supply pipeline, rehabilitation of the intake at Kegati, extension of the pipeline to Nyamataro estate and metering.
Already, 1,000 out of 5,000 meters procured for the project have been installed leading to a rise in revenue generation for Gusii Water and Sanitation Company (GWASCO). Phase II of the project is set to start early next year and it includes establishment of a mini-hydro dam at Rianyakwana to generate one megawatt of power.
It also includes extension of the sewerage system in Kisii and Suneka Towns. Deputy Governor Joash Maangi and Assembly Speaker Kerosi Ondieki were among senior County officials who graced the occasion.