Forty specialists from Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret are among the disaster response team dispatched to support rescue and recovery efforts of West Pokot County residents affected by a deadly landslide on Saturday morning.
Three Senior Consultants, eight nurses, ten Clinical Officers, three Public Health Officers, Psychological Counsellors, and Pharmacists are part of the team already attending to survivors of the landslide camping in three schools.
The MTRH Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Wilson Aruasa said being the largest referral hospital with the best health specialists in the North Rift Region, it was imperative that the facility volunteers the specialist urgently to save lives.
“The Hospital’s quick intervention is needed to save lives and contain the situation following the tragedy meted on the residents of West Pokot County by massive landslides, flash floods and mudslides,” he said in reference to the disaster whose death toll has been put at 52.
According to the CEO, the MTRH team has pitched tent at Nyerkulian, Parua and Tamkal Primary schools where hundreds of displaced people have sought temporary shelter.
Dr. Aruasa said MTRH continued to receive injured patients referred from Kapenguria County Referral Hospital who require specialized medical care and to provide psychological counseling to the injured and the bereaved families.
The MTRH multi-disciplinary team is headed by Emergency Medicine Head of department, Dr. Siminyu Taabu and Dr. Owen Menach of Ear Nose and Throat (ENT).
By Kiptanui Cherono