Lamu county govt completes construction sh. 100 M dispensaries

Lamu county govt completes construction sh. 100 M dispensaries

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Part of Lamu Island. FILE/PHOTO.

Lamu, KENYA: The county government of Lamu has completed a sh.100 Million construction of more than 10 new dispensaries and renovation of health facilities in the county.

County Health Executive Mohamed Kombo said the Moa,Mkunumbi, Maisha Masha, Sina Mbio, Muhamarani, Katsaka Kairu, Ishakani in Kiunga, Shanga, Mtangawanda, Uziwa, Tewe, Kiwayu and Manda dispensaries are now ready for use.

Kombo said all the health centers had also been fully equipped with all the necessary drugs and infrastructure material and that most were already under use.

He said this year alone,over 200 hospital staff had also been employed to the various dispensaries in a move aimed at improving health care service delivery to locals.

“The 200 include more than 10 clinical officers and doctors, more than 60 nurses, a consultant gaenocologist, paediatricians, surgeons, radiographers and lab technicians all of whom have already been posted all over the county,”said Kombo.

He further said the county had also set aside Sh 25 million for construction of health centers at Hindi, Bar’goni and Kiangwe

Meanwhile, the county government of Lamu has defended itself from the national government that had alleged that the Sh 100 million given to the county government of Lamu to improve the state of hospitals in the region, is among the cash misappropriated in the ongoing Sh 5.2 billion health scandal.

Kombo said the money was received by the county government mid this year and put to the right use.

“We received sh.100Million which is part of the Sh 200 million promised by President Uhuru Kenyatta to upgrade our King Fahad County hospital and Faza and Mpeketoni Sub-County hospitals. So far the Sh 100 million given has been put to the right use. We are almost completing an accident and emergence unit, renal unit, ICU and theatre at King Fahad County hospital. By December, the units will be ready. No money was misappropriated on our side,” said Kombo.