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Health Committee Laud Reforms in Hospitals

The Kirinyaga County Assembly Committee on Medical Service, Public Health and Sanitation has commended ongoing reforms at public health facilities in the county in view of the fact that health is one of the key devolved functions which have been hit by major challenges especially during the Covid- 19 pandemic.

Speaking during a visit at the Kerugoya County Referral Hospital, committee chairman Isaiah Mbogo who is Kabara Ward Member of County Assembly (MCA) said the hospital has adequate supply of drugs and other amenities necessary for patients.

Mbogo thanked the management of the facility for the ongoing reforms especially the roll out of the Health Management Information System (HMIS) in all service points to complete the patients’ treatment chain and access of data.

HMIS is helping public hospitals in Kirinyaga county address the issue of drug shortage by providing real- time information on stock as well as providing patient’s medical history to avoid re-examination by the doctors.

“We have gone round the hospital and we are content with what we have seen. We have an adequate supply of drugs, the wards are clean, and there is enough provision of clean and nutritious food for the patients,” Mbogo said.

“We have seen the transformation in our health facilities and we want to reiterate our support to our governor to continue on this trajectory,” the MCA added.

The County Executive Committee (CEC) Member for Medical Services, Public Health and Sanitation George Karoki said the ongoing reforms at the medical facilities had improved service delivery leading to an increased number of patients seeking treatment in  public facilities.

Karoki said the ongoing reforms in medical services will ensure that healthcare is accessible and affordable to all. He said that the upcoming Kerugoya Medical Complex will be a game changer in the way healthcare is delivered in the county.

“The Medical Complex is almost complete and will be up and running in the next few months. It is going to transform healthcare not just in Kirinyaga County but also within the region. It will be the benchmark of healthcare around Mt. Kenya region,” said Karoki.

By Mutai Kipngetich

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