Lamu, KENYA: The national government will this month release Sh.50 Million for the establishment of a new maternal and child health clinic unit at the Mpeketoni sub-county hospital in Lamu West.
Speaking when he toured the hospital on Monday, Health CS Nicholas Muraguri said the establishment of the new wing was the only way to counter and cope with the high number of deliveries taking place at the facility.
Muraguri is currently in Lamu County to tour, assess and inspect health projects by the national government.
The CS was also expected to launch the digital school program at Tchundwa primary school in Lamu East on Tuesday.
According to records obtained at the hospital,at least 120 women give birth at the facility every month.
Muraguri said there was need for all necessary efforts to be made in ensuring mothers receive the best health services as they bear the heavy and difficult task of bringing lives into the world.
The CS lauded the county government for strides made in lowering maternal and child deaths in the county.
“I am impressed by the county government’s effort in improving its health docket. I am aware that the national government promised to issue Sh 50 million for Mpeketoni hospital for the improvement of infrastructure.” said
“The money will be released this month and directed to the construction of a new maternity wing and theatre. The hospital is receiving almost double the number of women giving birth at the facility and that’s why there is need for expansion,” added Muraguri.
The CS also commended the beyond zero campaign,an initiative by the first lady Margaret Kenyatta and said it was a key contributor to the high number of women seeking hospital deliveries in Lamu.
Muraguri pledged that the national government would continue working closely with Lamu to ensure national projects are a success.
The national government has already committed Sh 100 million for construction of a modern emergence and accident, theatre, ICU and Renal Units at the King Fahad County hospital with the CS indicating that the units might be complete by December this year.
The CS also declared the County’s King Fahad Hospital an internship centre and said that due to the known shortage of specialists,the national government would send in 10 to 15 doctors on rotational basis once the construction of the four units is complete.
Lamu governor Issa Timamy said the county has a hard time improving the health sector and particularly hiring specialists due to the little allocation Lamu receives annually.
Timamy said despite the financial constraints, the county had still allocated almost 40% of the entire budget to the health sector.
“We still need help to improve our health sector.we however are appreciative of what the government is doing to help us,”said Timamy.