Coast General hospital gets new equipment and additional beds

An official inspecting some of the new equipments installed in the ICU at Coast General Hospital. PHOTO: DIANA WANYONYI.

Mombasa, KENYA: More room for treatment of critically ill patients has been created at the Coast Provincial General Hospital CPGH in Mombasa following the installation of additional beds and ventilators at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Previously, the ICU had only nine beds with five ventilators but now has 10 adult beds, 12 ventilators, three High Dependency Unit (HDU) beds, two Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) beds and one isolation ICU bed for patients with infectious illnesses.

Speaking during a tour at CPGH to survey the ongoing renovations at the hospital by Mombasa Sub County Coordinator Abdirahman Idris on Friday, CPGH chief administrator Dr. Iqbal Khandwalla, said the extra ventilators in the ICU will help patients admitted in wards who need oxygen but are not so critically ill.

“This is an expansion of the health services we are providing to the public. We now have 16 beds which are all ready and will be open for use to the public as soon as the doctor’s strike ends,” said Dr. Khandwalla.

The new equipment have been installed through a partnership between the county and the national government under the Managed Equipment Service (MES) project.

In the arrangement, county governments pay for specialized medical equipment such as ICU equipment, theater equipment, renal dialysis equipment, X-ray, sterilization and imaging equipment for a period of five to seven years.

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The national government is equipping two hospitals per county one level four and one level five and four referral hospitals with the equipment.