Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo has officially launched the newly upgraded and newborn care units at Kapenguria County Referral Hospital.
The project was done in partnership with the National Government, Austria Government and the County Government of West Pokot and will serve the mothers and children from across the county.
Speaking during the launch, Governor Prof. Lonyangapuo urged residents and the health fraternity to desist from engaging and listening to politics that continue to tarnish the good work the health department is doing to save and improve the lives of the county residents. “Let’s all strive to improve our health sector by supporting our health personnel and its administration. We have qualified individuals who are here for us. Political leaders will come and go but our lives depend on our health status and this will always be the key aspect.” Said the Governor.
The units come at a time when the county government is working hard to improve the status of the health department and various efforts made like provision of efficient and sufficient medical equipment and medicine.
Various equipment were installed in the units and they include 7 Incubators, defibrillator, respirator, infusion pumps, resuscitaires, 7 baby cots and 42 patient beds for maternity and side lockers. In addition, capacity building had been conducted for various staff where 15 Health Care Workers received specialized training on the use of the equipment; a doctor and a nurse were also trained in Austria.
KCRH Board members led by their chair Dr. Philip Parklea stated categorically that KCRH is staffed with qualified doctors and nurses and the propaganda that is being circulated to the public is false and uncalled for and only meant to pull down the progress made in health. He further requested the governor to look into the water situation and staffing of the theatre with more trained nurses.
Vamed Engineering representative Mr. Micah Kigen said the upgrading of the maternal and new-born care unit at the Kapenguria County Referral Hospital was in the first phase of the project and the second phase will be funded by Finnish Government and will cater for Chepareria Sub-County Hospital and Kabichbich Health Center.
The event saw various political and administrative leaders grace the occasion including MCAs from the County Assembly Health Committee led by Hon. Patrick Lokomol, Cos Jonathan Karita(health services), Milka Psiwa (Sanitation and Emergencies), Ibrahim Longolomoi(trade), Samson Nyangaluk(planning), Timothy Lomulen(PSM&ICT), Ednah Krop(agriculture), Elijah Lopuke(administration), John Karamunya(roads), Dr. Norbert Abuya(Dir. Medical Service), Dr. Japhet Wakhungu(Medical Superintendent) among others.