Busia County is set to construct an ultra-modern 300-bed capacity Mother and Child Hospital, Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has said.
Speaking after presiding over the commissioning of a maternity wing, a laboratory and an incinerator at Obekai Dispensary on Friday, the Governor said the Sh111m grant from the World Bank through the Kenya Devolution Support Programme II will be used to finance phase one of the project at Alupe Complex.
“The project is in the planning stage with initial approval by the World Bank already done. The construction of the specialized hospital will help improve maternal and child health across the county,” he said.
H.E Ojaamong said the next eight months will be a turning point in the county’s health sector which will complement the National Government’s health agenda.
The Governor also said he will pursue health agenda as his pillar to achieve his legacy unlike the National Government which has opted for four agendas including food security, manufacturing and affordable housing.
To reduce staff shortage in the health sector, the Governor said his government will give priority in the employment of more nurses and clinical officer, adding that Sh5m revolving fund has been set aside for students in KMTC.
The County CEO took issue with the Members of parliament for denying counties their share of funds, urging them to rescind the decision. “Citizens need grants, bursaries and Co-operative funds but legislators are proving a bottleneck,” he said.
He later commissioned a Tutuk Ambulance for the health institution that was donated by Moi University Research Chairs Program for Health Systems.
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi said 18 more dispensaries across the county with equipped maternity wing, laboratory and incinerators will be commissioned this year.
He said the County Government has allocated Sh62million as Facility Improvement Fund, adding that the fund will be increased to Sh150m to improve service delivery in hospitals across the county.
Chief Officer for Health and Sanitation Dr Isaac Omeri said Universal Health Care was key in the Governor’s manifesto, and which we are fulfilling to achieve his legacy.
“There are over 60 dispensaries in the county and 14 health centres that need to be upgraded in order to increase access to health services,” said the County Director of Health Services Dr Melsa Lutomia.
Amukura Central MCA Moses Ouma in his address said he had allocated Sh1m through Ward Development Fund for the construction of a gate and fencing the health facility, adding that funds have also been set aside for drilling water to help in running of the facility.