Help coun­ties im­prove health care, state told

MRI, re­nal unit, ICU, ra­di­ol­ogy depart­ment set up at Garissa County Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

The na­tional gov­ern­ment has been urged to work closely with the coun­ties to im­prove the qual­ity of health­care. Garissa Gover­nor Nathif Jama said even though health has been de­volved, some key units need the sup­port of the na­tional gov­ern­ment.

He spoke at the Garissa County Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal on Wed­nes­day. Jama toured units put up through con­di­tional grants un­der the man­aged equip­ment ser­vice project of the na­tional gov­ern­ment.

They in­clude the MRI, re­nal unit, ICU and ra­di­ol­ogy depart­ment. Jama said the MRI and ra­di­ol­ogy depart­ment are fully op­er­a­tional while the re­nal unit will be op­er­a­tional soon.

In the part­ner­ship be­tween the na­tional and the county gov­ern­ments, the coun­ties will pay Sh99 mil­lion per year for seven years for the equip­ment. Jama said the new units will go a long way in im­prov­ing health­care and urged the res­i­dents to make full use of them.

“With the com­mis­sion­ing of this key com­po­nent of the health sec­tors, there will be no need for our peo­ple to travel all the way to Nairobi or go to pri­vate hospi­tals and spend a lot of money be­cause they will get the ser­vices at a much lower cost,” he said.

Jama opened a recre­ational re­source cen­tre for hospi­tal staff that was fully funded by the county. He said the gov­ern­ment will work with NHIF to in­crease the num­ber of peo­ple who can ac­cess health­care at a rea­son­able cost.

/STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Garissa Gover­nor Nathif Jama at the Garissa County Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal ra­di­ol­ogy depart­ment on Wed­nes­day

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