Busia County Government has received assorted equipment worth Sh6.2 million from USAID-AMPATH that will benefit nine public health facilities in Bunyala Sub County.
The donation was handed over to Busia Deputy Governor, Moses Mulomi, at the Port Victoria Hospital, by the Sustainability/Health Financing Manager, Benjamin Andama, who represented the Chief of Party, AMPATH UZIMA, Prof Sylvester Kimaiyo.
The consignment consists of infrared thermo-guns, digital blood pressure machines, office desks, stethoscopes, adult weighing scales, nebulizing machines, finger pulse oximeters, hemoglobin machines and canvas tents.
Others were solar power units, wooden benches for lab waiting areas, fridge guards, metallic cabinets, executive ergonomic low back chairs and AC cooler among others.
Mulomi said the equipment would enhance the capacity of workers to provide effective and efficient services to residents.
“On behalf of the County Government of Busia, I want to sincerely thank AMPATH for the support you have provided to Bunyala Sub County health facilities including dispensaries, health centres and the Sub County Hospital,” he appreciated.
The Deputy County Chief urged those in charge of various health facilities receiving the items to ensure they were properly utilized.
Busia Chief Officer in charge of Public Health, Jonathan Ino, and the Director of Medical Services, Dr Janerose Ambuchi, expressed gratitude to AMPATH for the immense support.
“The team of AMPATH has had a big heart for the Government of Busia by supporting the Department of Health and Sanitation,” said Ino.
Mulomi revealed that the Department of Health and Sanitation would dispatch six additional nurses to Port Victoria Sub County Hospital to operationalize the modern maternity and newborn wing.
The number personnel will raise staff in the maternity staff to 11, making it easier for expectant mothers delivering at the facility to get better healthcare services.
“What is important is to have staff that will ensure the maternity is operational to serve the intended purpose,” he stressed, while speaking at the Port Victoria Hospital.
“We encourage residents to take advantage of the available services being provided by our personnel who are qualified,” he said, adding that the provision of the services has made it possible for the hospital to retain its revenue.
The maternity has a bed capacity of 30, with maternity wards, delivery rooms, theatre and newborn unit.
By Absalom Namwalo and Salome Alwanda