Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Nairobi. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTEMama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Nairobi. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE
By COLLINS OMULO

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has said that the county has embarked on transforming Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital and other hospitals under the county into modern facilities.

Governor Sonko said that Mama Lucy hospital is set to receive a new oxygen plant, 20 modern theater beds that was donated by a non-governmental organization and two radiology machines – that will be advertised for by the county on Thursday – within the next two weeks to add to the MRI machine, two portable X Ray machines, mammogram machine and dental equipment already at the hospital.

“We have partnered with Unicef, Hewa Tele and an NGO from UK in these developments. We plan to launch our own oxygen plant in the next two weeks at Mama Lucy hospital that will also supply oxygen to Mbagathi Hospital and Pumwani Maternity Hospital. We have piped the oxygen to the beds and we will not be buying oxygen from outside again,” Sonko said.

He said that the oxygen plant once installed would also be able to supply other hospitals under the county government such as Mbagathi and Pumwani besides reducing the funds used to buy oxygen from outside the facilities.

CLINICS IN NAIROBI

The City Hall boss say this is line with his pre-election pledges to Nairobi residents in the health sector.

“We know the complaints from the public and I was there myself on Sunday but I have addressed all the issues. I am appealing for the public to give me 14 days to transform the facility,” said Mr Sonko.

He stated that the hospital is set to get 65 beds to ease bed congestion by patients at the hospital and the county has already procured a contractor who would begin the works that had stalled and complete the project within the next two months.

“We have asked the contractor to come back to complete the project which had stalled. A new mortuary will also be handed over to us and we will pay the outstanding debt. We will also renovate the three grounded ambulances at the facility and also increase their number,” he said.

The governor added that Mbagathi Hospital will also receive a new standby generator and a renal unit.

At the same time, he said that he had met Health Cabinet Secretary Dr Cleopa Mailu to discuss increasing the number of clinics in the county with the aim of having a clinic in each of the 85 wards in Nairobi.

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