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County benefits from mother and child hospital

The construction of a multi-million shilling 120 bed capacity mother and child hospital in Busia County has kicked off.
The facility, being established at Alupe hospital complex is being funded by the World Bank through the Kenya Devolution Support Programme at a cost of Sh109 million
Speaking during the handing over of the site, the county chief officer for health Isaac Omeri said that the 9 month contract for construction of facility will begin officially on Monday April 20.
Omeri explained that the one storied specialty hospital will have a complete mother and child inpatient, outpatient services including ante-natal clinics, special survival cancer clinics, family planning area, pharmacy, laboratory, maternity wing, theatre and an X- ray component.
“We are also thinking of having a special area as nutrition centre because we are going to deal with children,” said the chief officer, adding that it would be complete unit on its own within Alupe hospital, offering specialized medical care.
The project director Mark Peters promised to cooperate with all stakeholders and deliver the facility on time.
“We will ensure quality workmanship and use the right materials for the work,” he said
Peters promised to engage the services of the local community including casuals, masonries and security personnel instead of outsourcing.
By Salome Alwanda

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