Residents of Karurumo village and its environs within Kanyenyaini Ward, Murang’a County have expressed joy following the completion and commissioning of a dispensary in the area.
The dream to have a health facility in the area which borders Aberdare forests started many years back when construction of a dispensary was launched but the project stalled soon after.
The former Kangema MP, the late Tirus Ngahu allocated some money from the local CDF to construct the dispensary but the facility was not completed after the legislator failed to defend his seat in 2017.
Residents have been travelling long distances to seek medical services and the dispensary is thus a big relief for them.
The abandoned project was revived by the current Murang’a county administration which allocated funds for its completion.
Area MCA, Grace Nduta on Saturday observed that the newly commissioned facility will greatly assist residents who have been travelling all the way to Kangema and Murang’a hospitals for treatment.
The dispensary, Nduta said will be developed to offer maternity services to assist expectant mothers who have likewise been traveling long distances to deliver.
The MCA said the locals have battled with myriad challenges surrounding health, water and roads which she pledged will be addressed.
“We thank the county government for listening to the cries of the residents of Karurumo. The dispensary will bring medical services closer to them,” she stated.
One of the residents, Nancy Wanjiru Wanyoike argued that residents of Karurumo and Kianjuru villages have been subjected to many challenges as they seek treatment.
“The roads from our villages to Kangema level 3 hospital are not good. It has been a big challenge especially for expectant mothers. The dispensary is a big relief for the sick,” she noted.
On the other hand, Mzee Peter Gwandaru said it has been a journey to get the facility as the resources got replenished thus stalling of the project.
While launching the dispensary, Governor Irungu Kanga’ata said Karurumo health project is one of the old projects that have remained uncompleted for many years.
He noted that the facility has equipment and people will immediately start accessing healthcare.
“The MCAs have a kitty to implement community projects and Karurumo dispensary is one of them. The county government has posted health workers in the facility to start treating the sick from this area,” remarked Kang’ata.
By Bernard Munyao