Residents of Munoru village in Githioro ward could not hide their joy as a new dispensary was opened and received its first consignment of drugs from the County Government of Nyandarua. Without any health facility nearby, Munoru residents had to walk tens of kilometers to access health services in either Turasha or Murungaru.
“This facility is God-sent. We have been eagerly waiting for it to become operational and are glad that the County Government has brought the services. As a matter of fact, we hope we can get treatment right away,” said Gladys Njeri, a resident who had come to witness ceremony.
Speaking on behalf of the His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia, County Executive Committee Member for Health Services Hon. (Dr.) John Mungai said that the facility has also been allocated Ksh. 2million extra for fencing and other amenities: “This dispensary is among five health facilities being gazetted, allowing them to receive supplies independently as opposed to being attached to another facility. At the County- level, we have Ksh. 131million budgeted for purchase of medical and non-medical supplies in all our facilities.”
Area MCA Hon. Sambigi Mukuria, also present, thanked the residents for owning the project while promised them that he will lobby to ensure the facility is fully equipped as fast as possible to raise it to the expected levels.
Meanwhile, the County Government has begun deploying different medical practitioners recently recruited with the first lot of 40 officers sent to various health facilities across the County; a further 200 more will be deployed by mid-April. By the end of the exercise, each facility will be required to have at least two nurses to ensure patients are attended to at all times.