Lamu receives first ever CT Scan machine

CS Kariuki during the launch of CT scan and renal unit in Lamu PHOTO: Natasha Nema

Lamu,KENYA: If you are a resident of Lamu, you now have  CT scans services closer to you.

Health CS Sicily Kariuki launched the first ever CT Scan centre at the King Fahad Hospital in Lamu County worth Sh.1.1 Billion.

The CS also commissioned the new Renal Unit and theatre at the hospital.

This is good news for renal patients in the region who will for the first time be able to access kidney dialysis services at the hospital as opposed to when they have been referred to Mombasa or Nairobi for dialysis and other related renal treatments.

While at it,the CS launched equipment for all the new units including dialysis machines for the renal unit,the CT Scan and new theatre equipment.

The equipment was purchased by the national government under the Managed Equipment Service-Tiba Mashinani project.

“Lamu has recorded history today because this hospital will for the first time be able to provide kidney dialysis services to patients right here.No more expensive trips and referrals of patients to far and beyond.Its comforting to know that this is a major milestone made in the health sector.Our objective is to make health services as easily accessible and efficient as possible,”said Kariuki.

The project was launched by the national government is 2013 in all the 47 counties and is meant to boost effective health service delivery under President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda.

Speaking during the launch at the King Fahad Hospital grounds, CS Kariuki said a team of specialists will arrive in Lamu in a week’s time to ensure and oversee the functionality of the newly launched equipment.

She said her office will also dispatch refrigerated storage equipment to help store vaccines.

She noted that Lamu’s immunization profile was low at 77% and said there was need to raise the numbers to a set national target of at least 82% for each county.