Sh140m facelift for Kiambu hospital

By: STANLEY NJENGA

Renovations at the Kiambu County Hospital are almost ready, the medical superintendent David Kariuki said yesterday.

The renovations are 80 per cent complete. The county assembly approved Sh140 million for rehabilitation and work started two months ago.

Kariuki said the maternity wing, women wards and neurosurgery unit have been completed and operational.

Speaking at the hospital he said the maternity wing has space for the delivery of 200 babies in one week.

Kariuki said operating tables, anaesthetic machines, high dependency unit beds and lighting of the renovated units will be installed in the last phase of the rehabilitation.

A master plan for the hospital has been drawn up to increase the beds from 400 to 1,500.

Congestion due to high number of patients coming in everyday is being addressed.

“We have patients from the neighbouring counties and the work is overwhelming. It will be good if the county hospital gets grants from the national government,” Kariuki said.

Health executive Jonah Mwangi said he intends to meet his counterparts from Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado and Murang’a to address the issue.

The hospital was last upgraded in 1981.

Inspecting the hospital last month, Governor William Kabogo said patients have complained about lack of amenities.

“The county governments inherited hospitals that were in a bad state. We are now upgrading the facility to level 5 status,” he said.