KISII, KENYA– Patients at the government hospital in this city in southwestern Kenya, some 300 kilometres west of Nairobi, have lauded the move by the government to recruit team of doctors from Cuba and to deploy two of them to this facility, saying they have been a revelation.

Despite initial language barriers, the two specialists are providing professional healthcare services which were previously lacking.

Dr. Albert Philip, a reconstructive surgeon, says he feels at home in Kisii County and enjoys the warmth of the people here but most importantly he finds pleasure in offering medical solutions to very dire cases.

The hospital has for the last few months undergone a major facelift with major transformations in infrastructure further boosting services offered by the facility.

An epileptic patient, Lilian Nyanaro, who sustained burns due to her medical condition, said Dr. Philip had rehabilitated her limbs as well as other parts of the body through successful skin grafting.

Mercy Moraa says her daughter had developed contractions from severe burns but is now responding well to medication. Similar sentiments were echoed by Annah Omwenga, whose grandchild sustained burns after accidentally torching her school uniform and had to seek the services of the doctors.

The hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Enock Ondari, says the Cuban doctors, a family physician and Dr, Philip, are able to work with lots of ease despite the language barrier.

He said Dr. Philip was conducting three operations per a week. In collaboration with the national government, the hospital has also received diagnostic machines and equipment required for handling referral cases. A cancer centre is due for construction and inauguration at the hospital in collaboration with development partners.

Equally significant is the commissioning of the faculty of medicine and surgery at the hospital by Kisii University, courtesy of collaboration with the county government.