Nyandarua County is set to benefit from Fiber Optic Connectivity to its hospitals and Constituency Innovation Hubs, courtesy of the Ministry of ICT.
ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, has said the ICT team will provide fiber optic cables and connect internet to all County hospitals, promising to establish and staff four Constituency Innovative Hubs (CIH) that will have free computers and free internet, for all.
While committing to ensuring Nyandarua County had stronger mobile networks, CS Mucheru said his team was doing its best to ensure good connection was available now that people had embraced technology by use of smart phones.
“We are expecting 5G network to improve connectivity, I have heard complaints that parts of Nyandarua County, especially Ol Kalou town had poor connectivity and we will work on that with my team led by PS for ICT Jerome Ochieng and the County delegation, to ensure full connectivity.
“We are also bringing along Universal Service Funds through the Communication Authority of Kenya in conjunction with Safaricom to make sure we provide full networks required,” said the CS.
While urging the residents to ditch old phones and embrace smartphones with good network coverage, the CS said “you can get a full 4G smartphone at only Sh. 20 a day from Safaricom and another programme that bars reversing of money once paid.”
Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia, who petitioned the CS for connectivity to JM Kariuki Referral Hospital, regretted poor coverage that had hampered service delivery.
“We want our hospital to have full connectivity so that we can link with other doctors abroad by sending results, this way we will provide good services.”
Nyandarua’s headquarter in Ol Kalou and parts of Nyandarua Central sub county including Rurii town have suffered poor reception of Television and Radio frequencies, with weak mobile networks.
by Anne Sabuni