National Government to equip Nakuru and Naivasha Hospitals
The National Government will equip to main hospitals in Nakuru, giving a boost to H.E Governor Susan Kihika’s quest to provide quality, affordable and timely health services.
Today, H.E. President William Ruto said the National Government will start equipping the Cancer Centre at the Nakuru Teaching and Referral Hospital (NTRH), whose block has been completed.
President Ruto also said that his administration will go ahead to equip fully the new Naivasha Level 4 Hospital which was constructed by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) before commissioning it.
The announcement by the President comes barely three weeks after the Head of State toured the NTRH in the company of Governor Kihika who requested the intervention of the National Government to equip the two hospitals.
“I recently toured the Nakuru Teaching and Referral Hospital and there were issues with equipping it to serve people here better. There was also the issue of the hospital in Naivasha. We are going to equip the hospital here in Nakuru and the one in Naivasha. We will work on the modalities and ensure they are equipped,” he said.
The President spoke as he launched the fertilizer granulation and blending plant in Nakuru today. The announcement is a culmination of efforts by Governor Kihika to have the two hospitals equipped with modern technology and equipment to help the county deliver quality health services to the residents of Nakuru.
The County submitted to the President a detailed proposal on the equipping of the two hospitals almost three weeks ago at Nakuru State House hours before he toured the NTRH accompanied by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Health Services Cabinet Secretary, Ms Susan Nakhumicha and Lands Cabinet Secretary Zachary Njeru. He was taken around the NTRH by Governor Kihika, County Executive Committee Member (CECM), Ms Jacqueline Osoro and Hospital Medical Superintendent, Dr Aisha Maina.
Regarding the Naivasha hospital, Governor Kihika said: “Your Excellency Sir, the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) constructed and completed a very beautiful hospital building at Mai Mahiu, in Naivasha. The plan, Your Excellency, was that the Ministry of Health will assist to equip the hospital with modern equipment, including a modern maternity wing for our mothers. We seek your support and request that the Ministry of Health sets aside funds for equipping the hospital in the coming Financial Year,” she said.
Governor Kihika had similarly sought President Ruto’s support in clearing the mounting debts facing both NTRH and Naivasha District Hospital to the tune of Kshs 500 million and Kshs 400 million respectively.
“Your Excellency, when we came into office, we found a majority of our hospitals with huge debts. The Nakuru Teaching and Referral Hospital is indebted to the time of Kshs500 million while Naivasha District Hospital has a debt of Kshs400 million. While this is the situation, the conditional grant for NTRH has been reduced from Kshs. 393 million to Kshs. 200 million in the current financial year. We seek your support to reduce the indebtedness of our hospitals through budgetary allocations and grants,” she said.