Kericho County Government has unveiled six brand new ambulances worth Sh42 million which are expected to tremendously boost the healthcare system in the County by enhancing emergency response.
Speaking during the launching ceremony at the County Government of Kericho premises, Kericho County, Governor Prof. Paul Chepkwony, revealed that out of the six ambulances, four have been funded by the County Government at a cost of Sh28.2 million.
Chepkwony also pointed out that one of the ambulances worth Sh7.8million was donated by World Bank.
“Among the six ambulances we are launching today, one of them is a special kind from the National Blood Transfusion Services worth Sh6.2 million which will be very useful in attending to patients who will be in need of blood during emergencies,” said Chepkwony.
Chepkwony was optimistic that the new fleet which brings to 15 the number of ambulances operated by the county government, with the latest ones being well equipped would be able to deal with all sorts of emergencies.
“We are doing our best to strengthen healthcare services since it is a devolved function and so we have to ensure we provide enhanced healthcare systems to our residents in Kericho. These ambulances are very strategic in our quest to strengthen emergency response in the county and supervision,” said Chepkwony.
He was accompanied by County Executive Committee Member (CECM) in charge of Health, Dr Shadrack Mutai, and the Kericho County Health Services Chief Officer, Dr David Ekwam, among other stakeholders.
At the same time, the Kericho Governor who has been on sick leave since last year December disclosed that he had just recovered from Covid-19 urging the public to continue observing the Ministry of Health protocols.
“Covid is real. I just recovered from Covid-19 and I urge everyone to be careful in observing the Ministry of Health protocols and to get vaccinated,” added Prof Chepkwony.
By Kibe Mburu and Kevin Mutai