Nakuru is set to open an Oncology Clinic to cater for cancer patients in a month’s time, a move aimed at taking quality and affordable healthcare services to the people.
Governor Lee Kinyanjui said those diagnosed with cancer at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital had to travel to other counties or abroad for treatment.
“We will build capacity for our nurses in cancer care so that we do not import experts to the hospital once the clinic is open,” stated the Governor.
He said the County had hired 200 nurses on contract, and would increase the number in the next financial year to ease shortage in health facilities.
On drugs shortage, the Governor urged hospitals to properly manage pharmacies to ensure that drugs are procured on time and available at all times.
He added that the county was putting up monitoring measures that procured drugs and non pharmaceutical items do not deceitfully find their way out of the health facilities.
He asked nurses, doctors and medical staff in county health facilities to ensure efficiency in service delivery.
“We do not want to hear cases of patients waiting for hours to be attended to,” he warned adding that the county wants to rebrand its facilities through customer care and general service delivery.
He challenged healthworkers at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital to aspire to handle complex medical procedures such as kidney transplants and others.
The Governor encouraged, “We have very qualified doctors at this facility and they are up to task.”
While receiving dialysis machine worth Sh3.6 million donated to Nakuru County by Safaricom Foundation late this afternoon, Governor Lee said the county will work with partners to improve on healthcare.
The machine has increased the number of patients seeking kidney treatment and the hospital currently handles 30 cases daily.
Present were Nakuru County Deputy Governor Dr. Erick Korir, hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Joseph Mburu and Health Chief Officer Dr. Samwel Mwaura.
The Head of Safaricom Rift Valley Region Mr James Maitai led the team from Safaricom Foundation.
Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Safaricom regional head Mr James Maitai wishes a patient a quick recovery at Nakuru Level 5 Hospital on Thursday afternoon.