His Excellency (Dr.) Moses N. Badilisha Kiarie during an impromptu visit of J.M Kariuki Memorial County Referral Hospital.
Established in 1974 as a sub-district hospital by the late veteran legislator Hon. Josiah Mwangi Kariuki, the facility has moved from serving 300 clients per day in 2017 to serving over 700 clients each day this year.
It has a wide range of services, including promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative care and is a primary referral hospital for Level II and Level III facilities across Nyandarua.
It serves a catchment population of 667,248.
The hospital, which is Nyandarua’s largest, has remained with a 160-bed capacity since 1975.
Its regular bed occupancy rate is above 100 per cent with an average daily occupancy of 250.
To achieve Level V status for the facility, the County Government is currently building and equipping a 500-bed capacity Mashujaa Complex through a Public, Private, People Partnership (PPPP).
Accompanied by First Lady Her Excellency Grace Kiarie and County Executive Committee Member for Health Services Hon. (Dr.) John Mungai, Governor Badilisha vowed to ensure it is adequately staffed with specialists, including a family physician, surgeon and orthopedic.
He further directed the facility’s administrators to secure office space for him at the premises for close monitoring of its internal institutional support system, supplies and customer–focused services.
He also ordered the immediate release of three patients who had been detained over payment arrears.
Present was acting County Secretary and Head of Public Service Mr. Muigai Wainaina, alongside Members of the County Assembly Hon. Mwangi Wanyaga (Kaimbaga), Hon. Daniel Gitau (Karau), Hon. Peter Thinji (Rurii), Hon. Samuel Mathu (Mirangine) and Hon. Thuo Gachino (Kanjuiri Ridge), among other County Government officials.