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Hospital gets Sh10 million donation to boost services in ENT unit

Thika level Five hospital, which in the recent past was in the spotlight over lack of  drugs and other essential medical supplies, has received a boost after well-wishers from the Thika Asian community donated Sh 10 million to improve services.

The funds, according to the Hospital superintendent Dr Robert Mochena, came at a good time when the Ears Nose and Throat (ENT) unit required expansion beside other surgical requirements.

Speaking when receiving the donations at the facility Tuesday, Mochena said they operate over 100 eye, nose and throat patients and conduct more than 25 surgeries each day despite facing infrastructural challenges.

Mochena said the premises that were built decades away have been dilapidated and needed expansion and to be equipped with state of the art facilities for effective delivery of services.

“Thika being the largest hospital in Kiambu County, and with an influx of patients flocking at the ENT unit from the area and across the neighboring counties of Machakos, Kitui and Murang’a, its expansion and refurbishing should be a priority,” he said.

While noting that the donations are not enough, the Med Sup called on other well-wishers to chip in and bring more donations to give the hospital a new facelift.

Milan Malden, the chairman of Jain Youth League and among the donors, said their organisation will continue partnering with the hospital for the well-being of the residents.

“We know the donations are inadequate and we shall continue partnering with the facility. We hope it will go a long way to improving the access to ENT services in the hospital,” said Malden.

Dr Raju Mahindra, the hospital board chairman thanked the donors saying this was a big boost at a time when the hospital required help.

Thika Level Five Hospital has in the recent past been on the spot for deteriorated medical services, with patients opting to seek treatment in other hospitals due to lack of essential services at the facility.

Local and area leaders had threatened to storm the facility to demand for its closure due to lack of essential services and medical supplies, with patients being sent to buy medicine at private clinics and pharmacies.

By Muoki Charles

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