Kenya: Waiguru – I’m Committed to Leaving a Legacy in Health Sector

Kianyaga Hospital in Kirinyaga County will be upgraded to level four facility, with Sh150 million already having allocated for the project.

According to Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, the upgrading of the hospital will commence in a month’s time.

The expanded hospital will be equipped with modern diagnostic medical equipment which will handle specialised treatment in order to boost the implementation of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for the majority of people living in Gichugu Sub-County and its environs.

While affirming her commitment to leave a legacy in the health sector, Ms Waiguru said she has prioritised improvement of health facilities to ensure access to affordable and quality medical services for the people of Kirinyaga.

The governor also revealed that Kimbimbi Hospital will also be upgraded to a level four facility.

“The new hospital will be a landmark project in Gichugu Constituency. You will not need to go to Kerugoya or outside the county for treatment. All ailments will be treated here,” she said recently.

Modern facilities

The upgraded hospital will have a modern theatre, specialised maternity wards and expanded male and female wards among others.

At the same time, Kerugoya Referral Hospital, a five-storey medical complex is nearing completion. The facility has been hailed as one of its kind in the country due to its high-end standards.

Once completed, the medical complex, which is expected to be commissioned soon, will have a fully equipped ICU and a high dependency unit with a capacity of at least 15 beds, an outpatient wing, modern theatres, emergency and casualty department, paediatric, surgical and medical wards, counselling and palliative care units, a pharmacy, CT scan and X-ray. It will have specialist consultations, with a general surgeon and among others.

Oxygen plant

The medical complex, which has an estimated 340-bed capacity, will also have an oxygen plant to enable piping of medical oxygen to all the beds.

Several other medical facilities, among them health centres and dispensaries, which have been refurbished or expanded, are lined up for full operation. They include Joshua Mbai dispensary and laboratory, Kiamugumo, Kiandai, Kiamwathi, Kavote, Ndaba and Kianjiru dispensaries among others.

Governor Waiguru noted that with enough dispensaries, residents do not need to travel to higher level hospitals, which are very far, to seek treatment.