The Murang’a County government is currently setting up a 3-story orthopedic facility to provide relief to patients with bone complications, especially from the greater Mount Kenya region, the agony of seeking treatment in mainly based private hospitals. in Nairobi.
The facility located in the Kirwara region in Gatanga sub-county is expected to be launched by the end of July this year.
Governor Mwangi wa Iria, speaking during the ongoing work inspection on Friday, said they had already tendered for the equipment that will be installed after the building is completed.
“Observing the challenges people face in seeking treatment for orthopedic problems, my administration has chosen to make Kirwara Hospital a special place to deal with these problems. Wa Iria noted.
“Kirwara, which was a health center, will be expanded to have other departments to meet a wide range of health needs,” he added.
“For many years people with bone disease complications have been forced to seek medication at Kijabe Mission Hospital, but with this facility our people will be relieved,” Wa Iria said.
He noted that his administration is working to strengthen health care by setting up specialized hospitals.
A month ago, the county administration established an intensive care unit (ICU) with a capacity of 35 beds at Murang’a Level 5 Hospital, a facility that currently serves not only local residents but also patients from all over Mount Kenya.
“We are going to set up services for men and children, an intensive care unit, a dialysis center and an oxygen plant in this hospital in order to serve the people of this region,” he added.
Currently, residents of Gatanga have been forced to search for medicine at Thika Level-5 Hospital in Kiambu County.
Other specialty hospitals the county government is working on include a cancer center that is expected to be completed by December of this year.
The center, Wa Iria observes, will have modern equipment and spare patients the expense of seeking cancer treatment in India.
“Having a modern cancer hospital will be a big relief for Kenyans. Our goal is to have a facility with special equipment like those in Indian hospitals. Currently, with the Covid 19 pandemic, patients who have to seek medicine in India are suffering after the ban on international flights, ”said Wa Iria.
Kenya has few orthopedic hospitals, most of which are private, the main one being the Kijabe Mission Hospital.
By Bernard Munyao