Nanyuki residents have called on Governor Ndiritu Murithi to check on the deteriorating state of healthcare delivery at Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital (NTRH).
Speaking during a community engagement open day forum organized by NTRH, where the governor and top health officials were in attendance, the residents expressed their views on poor provision of health services at the hospital.
This comes a few weeks after the mysterious death of two patients over alleged negligence by the hospital.
Likii resident, Wilson Gatere pleaded with the hospital to increase their medical specialists to enhance seamless service delivery.
“It is unfortunate that NTRH, despite being the biggest hospital in Laikipia, lacks the requisite medical personnel to attend to the patients,” said Gatere.
A Nanyuki based Human Rights activist Samuel Mwangi bitterly said residents are suffering due to lack of affordable quality health care.
“Mortuary fees was increased without public participation yet some of the residents cannot afford it,” said Mwangi.
Gaithu Kamunge acknowledged the residents for airing their views on health matters.
He further pleaded with the management to motivate the staff to boost efficiency in service delivery.
“I am impressed by the huge turnout. It means that we know our rights. I hope the government will take note of our health concerns,” he said.
The hospital CEO Dr. Timothy Panga vowed to advance the quality of health access in the hospital, describing it as one of the best facilities that has served many patients over the years, thus enhancing the local economy.
“We own up for certain shortcomings but we promise to improve so that we can continue serving you efficiently,” said Dr. Panga.
On his part, the governor called on the residents to take guard of critical government institutions and avoid being swayed by opportunistic individuals.
He further assured them of improved state of health provision at the hospital, through plans to equip it with sufficient medical personnel and requisite equipment including CT scans and MRI machines.
“I understand there are a number of challenges that have been raised concerning access to quality healthcare. As government, we are working towards bringing health services closer to you by purchasing and leasing medical equipment, that will not only increase quality of healthcare but also generate income,” said Muriithi.
The forum served as an opportunity for the residents to voice their concerns openly and for the hospital to obtain feedback in a bid to enhance quality service provision.
By Cynthia Ronoh and Naomi Gesare