County government to construct modern hospital

Homa Bay County government is set to construct a Sh3.8 billion modern hospital in partnership with Turkish Delta Trade Company, Standard Medical Group Limited and the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).

The facility, whose construction was expected to begin in May 2018 within Homa-Bay Town, would deal with complicated ailments including cancer, kidney problems and heart diseases in order to enhance access to medical services in the County.

Speaking after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with officials from the three companies at his office on Monday, area Governor Cyprian Awiti said the facility would have a bed capacity of 210 for patients with complicated ailments.

Awiti, who was accompanied by his deputy Hamilton Orata, said that the County government would provide a parcel of land on lease agreement terms for a period of 30 years, while the partners would avail the funds for the project.

The project would cushion patients with complicated infections from visiting overseas countries in search of specialized medical services, added the governor.

Awiti further assured residents that the County planned to enroll over 2, 000 vulnerable families into NHIF medical cover.

He said that the number would be shared equally among 40 wards within the County, adding that for those already 70 years and above, NHIF was taking care of them.

On his part, the Delta Trade Company President Huseyin Sahin said his organization would ensure the project was completed within a period of nine months beginning May 2018.

The Standard Medical Group Limited Managing Director Ian Okundi said the project would help the County overcome health challenges.

Others who graced the occasion included Wycliffe Ondieki from the National Treasury, leader of majority in the County Assembly Richard Ogindo and other County officials.

Source: Kenya News Agency