Mariakani Sub-County Hospital in Kilifi County has gotten a facelift after the construction of a new modern maternity, paediatric and theatre blocks to boost maternal and healthcare delivery.
Sponsored by the County Government at a cost of over Sh200-million, the 64-bed paediatric ward, 45-bed maternity ward and fully equipped theatres were commissioned by the County Governor Amason Kingi ending the long-time struggle of Mariakani residents in accessing specialized medical care.
During the opening of the facilities, Kingi said the County Government has committed more resources to boost healthcare across the County by enhancing health infrastructure and equipping them with modern machines for handling maternal and paediatric complications.
“This is a big achievement for our health sector in this county. These modern facilities will bring relief to our people. It is our determination to take healthcare closer to the people,” he said.
He added that the County Government was also upgrading the hospital into an internship centre where more personnel would be assigned to the facility to fully serve the over 50,000 Mariakani residents within its catchment area, thereby decongesting the Kilifi County Referral Hospital and Malindi Sub-County Hospital.
The county boss disclosed that he had already assigned to the hospital a general surgeon, an orthopaedic and spinal surgeon, a paediatrician, a physician and two obstetric/ gynaecologists, who would offer specialised treatment at the facility.
He revealed that plans were underway to commence construction of an emergency and trauma centre, with a theatre, to deal with emergencies along the busy Mombasa-Nairobi Highway.
By Jackson Msanzu and Harison Yeri