Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu yesterday opened a new theatre in Tseikuru, Mwingi North Constituency.
The Sh 25 million project at the Tseikuru Sub-county Hospital, is the first ever theatre in the area put up by a partnership of the County Government of Kitui and AFYA HALISI through USAID funding.
According to Governor Ngilu, the facility will help alleviate the suffering of area residents, especially pregnant women.
“This project will go a long way in saving the lives of our women in this region. Quality healthcare remains very dear to me,” said Ngilu.
Noting the long distances residents travelled in search of the much needed theater services, Governor Ngilu said it was an uphill task to transport critical patients in need of operations to either Mwingi Level 4 or the County Referral in Kitui town.
Kitui Chief Officer for Health Dr.Muthoka confirmed that two successful caesarian surgeries had been done two hours after opening of the theatre.
Area MP Eng. Nzengu Malili praised the move to open the theatre in the area noting that residents had gone through untold suffering for years. “I commend the Governor for this project that is a key milestone in the health sector in this region,” said Nzengu.
Joseph Bulusi, an area resident said the theatre will save cost of transportation of patients and give hope to residents in need of theatre services forthwith.
In attendance were Deputy Governor Dr Wathe Nzau, CECM for Environment Patrick Musau and Area MCA Boniface.
By Yobesh Onwong’a