Boost for Maternal and Child Health as Aga Khan Foundation launches kshs.117 million project in Kisii

Maternal and Child Health project

Governor Ongwae taking oath of office for a second term at Gusii Stadium on August 21st 2017

Governor Ongwae's swearing in ceremony

Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu Joins Governors under the umbrella Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) during a Health Conference Held at Kisii University Grounds on 29th and 30th March, 2017

Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) Health Conference

Governor Ongwae receives Olympian Hellen Onsando Obiri, the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Silver medalist

Homecoming of Hellen Obiri

Governor Ongwae addresses county stakeholders during the county ICT consumer forum, Kikao Kikuu, organised by the CAK and Kisii County Government at the Gusii Stadium

ICT Consumer Forum

Governor James Ongwae leads residents of Kisii County in marking the 53rd Madaraka Day Celebrations at the Gusii Stadium

53rd Madaraka day celebrations

Cord leader Raila Odinga (centre) receives a figurine of a giraffe made from soapstone from Kisii Governor James Ongwae and Senator Chris Obure during the launch of the Kisii Entrepreneurship Summit (KES) 2016

KES Launch at Kisii university grounds

Kisii County Governor James Ongwae, Senator Chris Obure and Deputy Governor James Maangi during the launch of Kisii Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

KES Launch at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

Governor James Ongwae joins over 300 doctors drawn from Kisii and Nyamira counties under the umbrella organization Inka medics association (IMA) for dinner

Governor joins Inka Medics Association for dinner

Governor Ongwae scoops gender and disability mainstreaming award

Gender and Disability awards

H.E Governor James Ongwae woos investors in Perth, Australia

H.E Governor James Ongwae woos investors in Perth, Australia

Kisii University Vice Chanchellor Prof. Akama speaks during an e-waste management workshop in a Kisii Hotel

E-waste management workshop

KTRH to offer ICU services, says Governor Ongwae

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.

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