Sh40m ICU unit opened in Kisii hospi­tal

Ten medics trained to run the ICU, HDU. Free out­pa­tient ser­vices

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - BEN­SON NYAGESIBA @Nyagesiba

The Kisii gov­ern­ment has opened Sh40 mil­lion In­ten­sive Care and High De­pen­dency units at the Kisii Teach­ing and Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal.

Kisii Gov­er­nor James Ong­wae on Tues­day said with the units in place, res­i­dents will not have to travel long dis­tances for these health ser­vices.

Ong­wae said his ad­min­is­tra­tion has al­ready trained 10 health work­ers to run the units.“We are go­ing to train more health work­ers and in­crease their num­ber to 25,” he said.

“We have today marked a mile­stone in health­care in launch­ing the units.”

The gov­er­nor urged res­i­dents to seek re­fer­ral ser­vices at the hospi­tal.

“We no longer re­fer many pa­tients to Moi Teach­ing and Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal or the Keny­atta Na­tional Hospi­tal. Most of the ill­nesses can be han­dled lo­cally,” Ong­wae said.

He also opened a phar­macy at the fa­cil­ity. Ong­wae said it will be equipped to im­prove sup­ply and de­liv­ery of drugs to the county’s health fa­cil­i­ties. He was ac­com­pa­nied by Health ex­ec­u­tive Sarah Omache and speaker Kerosi Ondieki.

In June, Ong­wae said 65 doc­tors had been de­ployed to sub­county hos­pi­tals. He said hos­pi­tals in Nya­mache, Gucha, Ge­susu and Keumbu would have a min­i­mum of six doc­tors each. He also said doc­tors will of­fer out­pa­tient ser­vices for free at the Kisii Teach­ing and Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal.

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