Baragoi Hospital receive specialised medical equipment

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Patients  at  Baragoi sub county hospital now have access to specialised medical equipment which has reduced medical  referrals.

The  Hospital  Medical Superintendent, Dr. Ezra Lekenit said the equipment distributed by the national government under  the  Management Equipment Services (MES) had transformed service delivery in the only hospital in Samburu  North.

During  a  visit  by  the County Development Implementation Coordination Committee (CDICC), Lekenit confirmed that  the  hospital  has received a caesarian section set, surgical sets, a modern X-ray machine, ultra sound machine and a central  sterilisation machine which allows the doctor to perform minor surgical procedures.

Peter  Leakono, a 57 year old resident of Baragoi town told KNA that free maternity services now have meaning after  the hospital received an ultra sound machine.

He  said  that two of his wives have received specialised maternity services in the hospital unlike in the past when they  were being referred to Nakuru or at Samburu county hospital in Maralal.

“We  now  get  quality healthcare services right here in Baragoi without worrying about extra costs of transporting our loved  ones to Nakuru county for specialised treatment.” He said.

The  Medical  Superintendent noted that despite many women seeking maternity services, there is still a large number   that  deliver  at  home due to long distances between home and hospital and migration in search of water and  pasture.

Dr. Lekenit  acknowledged that service delivery is hampered due to a number of challenges such poor staffing, noting  that he is the only doctor in the facility.

“We do not have an aesthesis so we cannot perform surgeries that require one, we also don’t have theatre nurses and  we use general nurses while performing minor surgical procedures,” he said.

Lekenit  added that there is inadequate power supply to run all the machines in the hospital simultaneously.

Under  the (MES, the national government has equipped two hospitals in each county with outsourced state of the art medical equipments to support devolution of equitable, accessible, affordable and quality  healthcare.

By  Robert  Githu

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