His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia joins Cabinet Secretary for Health Services Hon. Mutahi Kagwe for the daily COVID-19 update at JM Kariuki Memorial Hospital in Ol’Kalou Sub-County.
Hon. Kagwe thanked Nyandarua’s residents and leaders for ensuring that the County has no localized case of the dangerous disease so far.
He further hailed Governor Kimemia for continually reviewing the County Government’s containment measures; efficient utilization of donated and procured items; securing the undertaking by every County to deliver isolation facilities with the capacity of 310 beds ahead of His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta’s 30 day-deadline; and adoption of time-bound protocols for progressive re-opening of the economy.
During an earlier tour of the isolation unit at the facility, Governor Kimemia informed Hon. Kagwe that Nyandarua has historically been marginalized in so far as health resourcing is concerned.
“The County lost its largest referral hospital, Nyahururu and related specialists after devolution to neighbouring Laikipia County and is currently using this former Sub-County hospital as its Level 5 facility,” he said.
By virtue of not being fully Level 5, the hospital lacks major infrastructure and human resource components, hampering specialized health care.
And though the County has invested both in soft and hard ware resources towards mitigation of healthcare challenges, Governor Kimemia noted that the National Government grading grant allocates meager financing due to its status.
To enable the County’s healthcare system catch up with the rest of the country, the County head called for increased interventions in:
i). Seconding of specialist internal medicines consultants, general surgery consultants, pediatric consultants, a pathologist and radiologist to enable JM Kariuki Memorial Hospital become a teaching and referral hospital.
ii). The National Government to increase Nyandarua’s health equalization funds similar to those of such marginalized counties as Turkana in order to bridge the gap.
iii). The National Government to compensate the County for the loss of Nyahururu County Hospital by offering a grant of KShs.1.2 billion to put up major infrastructure, including upgrading JM Kariuki Memorial Hospital and other key health facilities to uplift healthcare standards in the County.
iv). The National Government to fast-track collaborations towards realizing a Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) facility within Nyandarua, towards which the County Government has allocated over 20 hectares.
During the function, Hon. Kagwe donated 1,000 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the Ministry of Health Services.
In attendance was Nyandarua Senator Hon. Mwangi Githiomi, among other senior National and County Government officials.