Free lunch for COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers as motivation from Legacy Hotel

Frontline Healthcare workers across the country are a lot to be motivated during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the pandemic was announced in Kenya, the frontline healthcare workers have continued to risk their lives towards the fight against the same with some having to work extra hours.

But very few Kenyans think of motivating the frontline healthcare workers who go an extra mile during this COVID-19 pandemic.

However, Nakuru’s Legacy Hotel has spotted the need and has moved in to ensure frontline healthcare workers especially those working at the Nakuru’s Level 5 Hospital COVID-19 Isolation Centre have lunch served at no cost to keep them going.

According to Legacy Hotel’s Managing Director Mrs. Alice Kiama, the gesture is not about business but just to motivate the frontline healthcare workers even as they attend to patients.

Addressing the media on Friday outside Nakuru Level 5 Hospital COVID-19 Isolation Centre, Mrs.Kiama added that the COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers should be motivated at all costs as they are key in flattening the curve.

She called on all corporates to stand with the COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers during this time.

“We are here just to motivate our COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers for the good work they are doing. All Corporates should step in” said Mrs.Kiama.

She is optimistic that with the role being played by healthcare workers in the country, the curve will flatten and business in the hotel industry will be back to normal.

Sentiments echoed by Legacy Hotel’s General Manager, Mr. Boniface Oduor.

He says such motivation of the frontline healthcare workers will go a long way in even improving the way the doctors handle patients as they will be stress-free.

“When we do this, it improves even how the patients will be handled. When we do this we also give hope to the healthcare workers and we will end up with a health society” said Mr.Odur.

The COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers at the facility on their part commending Legacy Hotel for the gesture.

Led by Deputy Chief Nursing Officer at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital Dr.Joseph Ndung’u,they said the gesture will motivate the staff who are working very hard in the COVID-19 solation centre at the facility.

“We have 50 medics who have benefited from the meals from the Legacy Hotel and ours is just to thank them for the gesture as it motivates us so much” said Dr.Ndung’u.

County sets up ambulance command centre for effective service delivery 

The County Government of Nakuru is setting up an ambulance dispatch and control system to enhance emergency medical services response in the region.

Minister for Health Dr Gichuki Kariuki says the facility at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital will use geographic information processing to digitally map all health facilities and their capacity.

Nakuru County has a total of 558 health facilities, of which 26 are hospitals, 458 primary care facilities and 249 community units.

The County manages only 180 of the facilities, while the rest are faith-based, private and non-governmental organization.

A health sector taskforce commissioned by Governor Lee Kinyanjui in September 2017 revealed a lapse in the County’s emergency division.

Then, out of the 23 County-owned ambulances, only 8 were operational. The others were involved in road crashes or lacked general maintenance over the years.

The broken-down ambulances have since been repaired and 10 others bought and drivers trained on emergency vehicle operations.

Five of the new ambulances have advanced life support machines and will be stationed at Naivasha, Gilgil, Nakuru Level 5 Hospital, Molo and Ole Nguruone hospitals.

“Pre-hospital life support and transportation of the patient to the hospital is the most critical part of an emergency. We want to have it right,” said Dr Gichuki.

He said that during emergencies, especially road crashes on the northern corridor, hospitals are often caught unaware due to lack of proper coordination.

Under the new model, paramedic, ambulances and hospitals will be activated from the dispatch centre. Other players such as Kenya Red Cross and St Johns can also be called in.

The Minister said some health facilities were unable to maintain their ambulances as they do not charge fees for services offered.

The County Government of Nakuru has allocated 32 per cent of the total budget to health in the 2019/20 financial year.

The County Department of Health is in the process of renovating and upgrading health centres and dispensaries in the region to attend to basic emergency matters and offer first aids ahead of referrals.

Digitized system will ensure productivity at Nakuru Level 5 – Superintended

Nakuru Level 5 Hospital (PGH) Medical Superintended Dr.Joseph Mburu has vowed to work closely with other stakeholders in improving service delivery at the largest facility in Nakuru County.

Speaking in his office on Wednesday during an interview, Dr.Mburu who is now three months old at the facility since assumption of office admitted that the facility has numerous challenges among them congestion and out patients spending long hours awaiting to be attended to.

He attributed this to the shortage of staff stating that the facility which serves patients from peripheries of the Nakuru County who come for referrals has no enough clinical officers.

At the moment, one clinical officer serves over 100 patients per day which is above the required number of patients 20 to 30 patients.

“To speak the truth, the facility has challenges but through collaboration with other stakeholders we shall be able to address the same. At the moment, one clinical officer serves over 100 patients per day which is above the required number of patients 20 to 30 patients” he said.

The Medical Superintended revealed that they are in the process of procuring a program that will see all the records at the facility digitized in order to ease operation from the manual system that is 10 years old.

The system according to Dr.Mburu will help address the non productivity among the medical officers at the facility.

“Yes we have records but the system is 10 years old and this is the time that we are in the process of procuring a digitization program that will help ease the operation and address the issue of non productivity” he said.

On the issue of poor public relation among the medical officers, Superintended says mechanisms are in place to improve on customer care especially concerning the outpatients.

He says customer care agents have been introduced at the facility to give guidance and direction to the patients seeking services at the facility.

He called on the general public and more so residents of Nakuru County to embrace the facility and offer any supportive information towards improving the service delivery.

It should be noted that The Nakuru Level 5 Hospital (PGH) currently receives 1800 patients every day seeking health services which cannot be compared to the number of clinical officers and doctors currently at the facility.


PHOTO/Pristone Mambili: Nakuru Level 5 Hospital (PGH) Medical Superintended Dr.Joseph Mburu during an interview.He has vowed to work closely with other stakeholders in improving service delivery at the largest facility in Nakuru County.

Nakuru County set to open an Oncology Clinic to cater for cancer patients

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.

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