Garissa gets Sh2.5 med­i­cal equip­ment

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern -

The In­sur­ance Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity has handed over Sh2.5 mil­lion med­i­cal equip­ment to the Garissa Re­fer­ral Hos­pi­tal.

The equip­ment in­cludes four pa­tient mon­i­tor­ing ma­chines, one oxy­gen con­cen­tra­tor and one oxy­gen com­pres­sor plant.

IRA CEO Sammy Makove said the equip­ment will save lives and im­prove ca­pac­ity. He said this will im­prove health­care and re­duce the suf­fer­ing of pa­tients in Garissa coun­try.

The hosp­tial will be able to ad­mit more pa­tients.

Makove urged res­i­dents to take ad­van­tage of gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies of med­i­cal in­sur­ance to reg­is­ter with the NHIF. He said this will re­duce the bur­den of high med­i­cal costs.

“By prop­erly in­sur­ing our health risks, we will re­lease funds to be utilised in other ac­tiv­i­ties, thereby cre­at­ing wealth and im­prov­ing liveli­hoods,” Makove said.

Hos­pi­tal CEO Ahmed Da­gane thanked the author­ity. He said the equip­ment will al­le­vi­ate the suf­fer­ing of pa­tients who have been flock­ing to the hos­pi­tal.

Da­gane said they will now pro­vide ser­vices that pa­tients could not ac­cess pre­vi­ously. “We used to turn away many pa­tients due to scarcity of oxy­gen re­quired when per­form­ing surg­eries,” he said.

/STEPHEN ASTARIKO

IRA of­fi­cer Is­mail Ahmed (2nd Left) gets his blood pres­sure checked us­ing one of the four pa­tient mon­i­tors they do­nated to the Garissa Re­fer­ral Hos­pi­tal

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