The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Murang’a Level-5 hospital will continue serving patients for free, the County Governor Mwangi wa Iria has said.
Wa Iria on Wednesday observed that since the facility was commissioned in June this year, it has successfully facilitated treatment of 121 patients for free. The 35 bed-capacity ICU, he noted has been of great help this time the country is faced with Covid-19 pandemic.
Wa Iria spoke at the Level-5 hospital when he received a donation of 10 ventilators from the USAID. The new ventilators will top up the already existing 20 to boost treatment of covid-19 patients.
“Construction of the facility was funded by the county government. Its workers are also employed by the devolved administration so we will continue offering services at the ICU for free,” he added.
The governor said many families are forced to sell their properties to raise funds needed to cater for treatment of their kins.
The ICU, he further observed has not only helped people from Murang’a but also from neighbouring counties stating some patients are also referred to the facility from hospitals in Nairobi.
“The facility will continue to offer free services to all Kenyans. Matters to do with health have no boundaries and provided our ICU has bed capacity, we will service all irrespective where they come from,” he stated.
The governor also announced that construction of an oxygen generation plant is currently going on, observing that it is at 50 percent completion.
He lauded the United States government for the support of the ventilators saying the equipment will boost the fight against covid-19.
Speaking during the same occasion USAID Global Health Security Advisor Dr Andrew Thaiyah underscored the deep partnership between Kenyan and USA.
He noted the USA government is committed to help Kenya in the fight against covid-19 in various ways.
Thaiyah said apart from the ventilators, the support also includes provision of consumables, servicing and technical assistance.
“As part of the journey to self- reliance, the USAID will also support training of health workers not only on how to use the ventilators but also on critical care patient management,” added the advisor.
By Bernard Munyao