The Vihiga County government has procured medical equipment worth Sh3milion toward boosting maternity health services at Chavogere village in Busali Ward of Sabatia Sub County.
Area Governor Dr. Wilber Ottichilo accompanied by Busali Ward Member of County Assembly (MCA) Mrs. Gladys Analo officially handed over the medical equipment to Chavogere Health Centre in a colourful ceremony on Wednesday.
The equipment, which included weighing machines, thermo guns, microscopes, maternity beds and refrigerators were bought using funds from the Ward Development Fund (WDF).
Addressing residents, Ottichilo thanked the area MCA saying the initiative would boost the Boresha Afya ya Mama na Mtoto programme popularly known as Ottichilocare.
“Health remains one of my key flagship projects and thus, my administration will continue setting aside adequate funds towards supporting projects and programmes aimed at improving it,” said the governor.
He further expressed satisfaction over the quality of workmanship that was done in renovating the facility’s infrastructure.
“I want to applaud Chavogere health centre development committee for ensuring prudent use of public funds,” remarked Ottichilo.
Mrs. Analo noted mothers in the area have been saved from the trouble of traveling long distances seeking prenatal and postnatal care services.
“Mortality index rate in Busali ward is going to reduce drastically,” noted Analo.
The MCA further revealed a further Sh3milion from the WDF had been released toward the renovation of Kiraguru Health Centre.
“We have already procured enough iron sheets, tiles, terrazzo, ceiling among other construction materials for renovating Kiraguru health centre, “ Analo informed the small gathering.
County Executive Committee Member (CECM) of Health Dr. Amos Kutwa assured the locals the county government would allocate adequate funds for putting up a Maternity Wing at the hospital facility.
“Improved maternity health services definitely demand a modernized maternity wing,” observed Dr. Kutwa.
The event was also attended by Deputy Governor Dr. Patrick Saisi and Chief Officer in charge of Public Health Mrs. Mary Anyienda.
By Maurice Aluda