REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Lamu County gets KSh145M for health projects

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LAMU, Kenya, 3 March 2017 – Lamu County has received KSh145 million from the Equalisation Fund to finance seven mega health projects in the current Financial Year. The County is among 14 marginalised Counties that are set to benefit from the Fund based on the Marginalization Policy.

The funds which are expected to transform healthcare services in Lamu County will be used to furnish and equip the King Fahad hospital with medical equipment, complete four doctors’ housing projects and construct dispensaries in Dide, Waride and Kipungani.

Speaking in Lamu on Friday, Health Principal Secretary, Dr. Nicholas Muraguri said it is important to upscale health and emergency services in the County considering the socio-economic impact that the Lamu Port will have once it is completed. He noted that the Port will increase the demand for health services since it will open up Lamu County by creating employment and tourism opportunities.

“The Equalization Fund mainly focuses on development programmes in the marginalised Counties. These Counties are Garissa, Isiolo, Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, Mandera, Marsabit, Narok, Samburu, Tana River, Taita Taveta, Turkana, Wajir and West Pokot. We were in Lamu today and have set aside KSh145 million for their health projects,” said Health Principal Secretary, Dr. Nicholas Muraguri.

The PS commended Lamu County for the progress that it has made in transforming healthcare. The County has, in partnership with the National government completed the construction of a new hospital block at the King Fahad Hospital to host a theatre, dialysis and ICU services. The County has also opened its first Medical Training College (MTC) and revived health services at the Mokowe health centre, which was constructed and abandoned 34 years ago.

“Lamu County has done well with the financial support that we gave them. They are currently in the process of installing a new theatre and ICU services and they have also revamped the maternity wing at King Fahad hospital. We also think that they will have another hospital with state of the art equipment in the next one month once, they complete works at the Mokowe health centre,” said the PS.

Dr. Muraguri added that the government will deploy specialists to Lamu County on a rotational basis in order to increase access to specialised services. The specialists, from Kenyatta National Hospital and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, will serve Lamu for about three months before they are redeployed.

The government is also offering MTC scholarships for Lamu students who will be interested in pursuing palliative care nursing, nephrology nursing, orthopaedic trauma medicine, enhanced enrolled community nursing, nursing anaesthesia, health systems management, health education and promotion among others.