Help counties improve health care, state told
MRI, renal unit, ICU, radiology department set up at Garissa County Referral Hospital
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.
Garissa Governor Nathif Jama at the Garissa County Referral Hospital radiology department on Wednesday