For many years, Molo sub-county hospital has grappled with problems of congestion of patients, inadequate supply of drugs among other heart breaking difficulties that at times led to loss of lives.
This situation left many residents devastated so they opted to seek treatment in nearby hospitals including the Nakuru county referral hospital despite the long distance.
However, the situation is about to change for the better after the Nakuru county government set aside Sh100 million to construct a new casualty wing at the sub county hospital to cater for the ever increasing number of patients in the region.
The county executive for health Dr. Zachary Gichuki Kariuki noted that once the project is done, it would be a great relief to Molo residents who have been travelling to Nakuru county referral hospital, Rift Valley Teaching and Referral hospital, Eldoret and Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi in search of health services.
The envisaged installation of an ultra-modern equipment at the facility will ensure correct diagnosis for those in need of specialized treatment, added Dr. Kariuki.
The hospital serves patients from Molo, Njoro, Kuresoi North and Kuresoi South sub counties as well as some parts of Rongai.
In addition, the hospital comes in handy for road accident victims along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway, including the Sobea-Salgaa-Sachangwan stretch and also at Mau-Summit-Makutano road.
According to the county’s health department, other than the casualty department, the new building will have also have dental, skin, eye units among others.
Meanwhile, the Nakuru county government will spend Sh6.6 billion out of its total budget of Sh 21.3 billion in the current financial year budget to improve health sector in the region.
Area governor Lee Kinyanjui has made it clear that a part of the money will cater for development of infrastructure across public hospitals in Molo, Naivasha, Elburgon and Gilgil, with a view to promoting service delivery to the public.
This comes at a time when the county’s health department has announced 300 job vacancies for health workers including 16 vacancies for specialized doctors.
This move will cost the county government over Sh73 million while Sh97million will be used on promotions of various cadres in the health sector.
By Emily Kadzo