The Government of the Uasin Gishu county in Kenya have stated that they are to upgrade 30 hospitals across the county, at a cost of more than Sh260 million.
This report comes from the Governor Jackson Mandago, who said that the upgrade will be done under a health care plan for residents to access medical services. He said that each of the county's 30 wards will have an upgraded hospital.
"We have to ensure our people have easy access to health facilities within their areas, so that they don't spend a lot of money and time travelling to Moi Referral Hospital," Mandago said. The Moi Referral Hospital only has a capacity of 800 beds and the hospital is congested, forcing patients to share beds. It was originally only supposed to handle referral only cases, but now deals with all manner of diseases including coughs and malaria.
"The county health care plan, which is part of an Integrated Strategic Development Plan for the region, will be unveiled soon," Mandago added.
The Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital has successfully carried out kidney transplants on two patients, with the help of experts from the Netherlands. They are hopeful that this success will instil confidence in doctors looking to conduct similar procedures, thus reducing the costs incurred by patients who seek transplants abroad.
"We believe these transplants to be a milestone in this region as we gear up to address the challenging diseases that affect residents," CEO of Moi Referral Hospital, Dr John Kibosia, said after the transplant procedure was re-launched in recent years.