Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo has unveiled multi-million medical equipment at Kapenguria Referral Hospital in a bid to improve health provisions in the region.
Governor Lonyangapuo said that the equipment will offer specialised affordable and accessible medical solutions to residents within the county and its neighbouring counties.
The move is also aimed at decongesting Kapenguria referral which he says currently serves a large population of the county and neighbouring county.
CEC Geoffrey Lipale- Health said that the medical equipment will complement the recent acquisition of drugs by the Health department.
The assortment of the medical equipment include bales of linen (sheets and blankets), electric beds, medical supplies, examination tables among others which will be distributed across all health facilities in the county. The consignment was courtesy of the Deputy governor Dr. Nicholas Atudonyang in partnership with The Saving Mothers Foundation.
Addressing the issue of nurses’ strike, CEC Lipale said that talks were ongoing with a bid to end the strike as soon as possible. He pointed out that the nurses’ demands had been met by the county government while terming the strike ‘illegal’. He however urged nurses to return to work as soon as possible.
The court has already suspended the nurses' strike for 60 days after the Council of Governors sought an injunction to enable both parties to negotiate.
According to the World Bank, the index of access to health in Kenya shows some regions were almost completely forgotten under the centralised system. However, devolution continues to improve health provisions in areas that had long been marginalised, West Pokot being one of them.
Among those present during the unveiling were MCAs, CEC Christine Apakoreng, Chief officer Edna Krop among others.