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