Plans are underway to construct staff houses for medical personnel stationed in all health facilities in Nakuru County in a move aimed at improving health services delivery.
The housing project will ensure that all nurses and clinical officers serving in the dispensaries are housed within the facilities for smooth service delivery.
Nakuru County Chief Officer for Public Health Samuel King’ori said all nurses serving in health centers and dispensaries will be required to live in the same compound in the hospital for smooth service delivery.
King’ori said the construction work will start immediately and after completion will ensure residents are served round the clock as opposed to what it is currently happening.
He said it has become difficult for medical personnel to serve patients appropriately as many live several kilometers away from the health centers where they work and could hence not handle emergencies.
“We are working with other stakeholders to ensure we construct the houses as a matter of urgency so that services are offered all round the clock,” he said.
King’ori who was speaking to the press when he opened Munyu Dispensary in Naivasha East Ward, said the county government was committed to ensuring health services are easily accessed by all in the villages.
He added that the construction of health facilities that stalled during the last regime will be completed in the next three months to ensure wananchi living near them access health services.
The CO said the county had so far opened five dispensaries across the county adding that another ten will be opened in the next two weeks.
At the same time the Public Health chief said the county had procured drugs that will be distributed to the health centers and added that more staff will be deployed to ensure services resume in the new health facilities.
Naivasha East Ward MCA Stanley Karanja said the opening of the dispensary will reduce the hustles that the residents have been undergoing while seeking health services in far off places.
By Esther Mwangi and Brian Kamau