Ki­tui plant to sup­ply oxy­gen in gen­eral hospi­tal, county clin­ics

Health ex­ec­u­tive Fred Muli says the equip­ment has been brought in and work will be com­pleted on time. The Sh15 mil­lion plant will serve all the county’s health fa­cil­i­ties

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The Ki­tui govern­ment will soon com­mis­sion an oxy­gen plant that will serve Ki­tui Gen­eral Hospi­tal and other county health fa­cil­i­ties. It will cost Sh15 mil­lion.

Health ex­ec­u­tive Fred Muli said the equip­ment has been brought in and work will be com­pleted on time. The plant will im­prove the qual­ity of med­i­cal care and save res­i­dents’ mil­lions of shillings spent on oxy­gen, Muli said.

He said a ma­jor up­lift of the Ki­tui Gen­eral Hospi­tal is on­go­ing. The fa­cil­i­ties be­ing put up in­clude a satel­lite blood trans­fu­sion cen­tre, amenity theatre ward and pae­di­atric block.

The trans­fu­sion cen­tre is be­ing set up in a joint deal with the Na­tional Blood Trans­fu­sion Cen­tre. Cur­rently, pa­tients are ref­ered to Machakos Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

Muli said the county govern­ment has em­barked on a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment of health fa­cil­i­ties. A Sh60 mil­lion out­pa­tient cen­tre, to in­clude a ca­su­alty and emer­gency unit, will be con­structed.

Muli said Ikutha Level 4 Hospi­tal will be opened to the pub­lic next month after a ra­di­ol­ogy ma­chine is in­stalled. He said the equip­ment is be­ing fit­ted.

The hospi­tal has been built for Sh80 mil­lion and will serve Ki­tui South con­stituency. Muli said work has pro- gressed ac­cord­ing to the sched­ule set by Gov­er­nor Julius Malombe.

He said res­i­dents will no longer need to travel 60km to Ki­tui town in search of health fa­cil­i­ties. “The hospi­tal will have pae­di­atric, ma­ter­nity, out­pa­tient and in­pa­tient units,” Muli said.

He said Malombe’s strat­egy in health pro­vi­sion is to open up far-flung ru­ral ar­eas that had lit­tle or no fa­cil­i­ties to pro­vide equity as en­shrined in the Con­sti­tu­tion.

“The County Govern­ment of Ki­tui has more than 230 sub-hos­pi­tals spread over the ex­pan­sive area. We are in the process of equip­ping all of them with the nec­es­sary staff and equip­ment to max­imise on de­liv­ery,” Muli said.

/ MUSEMBI NZENGU

Mwingi Level 4 Hospi­tal su­per­in­ten­dent Dr Henry Mu­tune and Ki­tui Health chief of­fi­cer Fredrick Muli at the fa­cil­ity on March 25

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