The County government of Migori on Tuesday launched a Sh.230 million Cancer CT scan at the County referral hospital in Migori town.
Governor Okoth Obado led tens of enthusiast hospital staff and patients in commissioning the machine that will ease diagnosis services for patients hitherto seeking for such services at Tenwek in Bomet, Kisii, Kisumu and Nairobi.
He also commissioned an oxygen plant section that will assist in reducing deaths to many patients especially children and women requiring to be put on oxygen support.
Speaking during the ceremony, the county boss regretted that the local people had been forced to look for the CT scan services far from the county at an expensive cost.
“We are happy that such services can now be found in this hospital and people will no longer make long and expensive journeys to look for the diagnosis and treatment elsewhere,” he told an elated crowd at the hospital.
Apart from Migori County, the facility will also serve patients as far as Homa-Bay, and other counties lacking such facilities.
According to Obado, the hospital had lost many patients on the way to seek for treatment in other health facilities outside the county due to lack of oxygen.
He said that the plant will be a source of income for the county health department since the much needed oxygen will be sold to other facilities outside the county.
“The plant will also enhance and bring income into the county health department coffers since some neighbouring counties that do not have the plant will purchase the services from us,” he explained.
The county boss encouraged the local people to register for the universal health coverage scheme in order to get the best health services from the level five hospital
Obado further disclosed plans to upgrade 14 health centres to Level Four hospitals, and 24 dispensaries to health centres.
By Richard Otieno/George Agimba