, MACHAKOS, Kenya, Nov 3 – Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has unveiled a program aimed at rehabilitating all health centres in the county in a bid to enhance quality services.
Mutua said his government has embarked in the past six months in refurbishing and bringing to international standards the health care facilities that treat majority of citizens.
Speaking during the unveiling of the newly refurbished Masinga Health Centre Mutua said the Machakos First Lady Lillian Nganga had also volunteered to oversee the projects to ensure quality is achieved with the limited resources.
“Today, 15 out of the 30 health centres in Machakos County have been refurbished and are among the best health centres in the country,” said Mutua.
He added that the state of the health centres that his government inherited were despicable.
“Most had no toilets for patients and staff, no waiting bays, confused card systems, dirty consulting rooms and horrible wards with sagging beds and even blood-soaked linens,” said Mutua.
He added the environment was such that one would most likely pick up a new disease from the health facility when one went in for treatment.
“In addition to the environment we also found that the treatment system was in a shambles. A patient would come to one place, go round and round in no particular sequence, wasting hours,” said Mutua.
He added that some centres even had the initial checkups done outside in the corridors with no privacy.
“Today, each treatment process, from arrival, triage to pharmacy is in an organized sequence. The time spent at the Health Centres by a patient has been reduced from an average of three hours to one hour,” said Mutua.
He thanked the First Lady for her commitment, especially in maternal health care, cancer screening and treatment and assurance of quality health services.
“She has done an exemplary job. She makes me very proud,” said Mutua.
He thanked ministry of health staff who have worked with the First Lady to achieve these amazing changes
“Thanks also to some of the Maendeleo Chap Chap minded Members of County Assembly who have supported these improvements.
He said his Government has put in place systems to ensure the quality is maintained and that services are improved every day.
“A task force to improve health services has started its work and will be presenting an interim report in four weeks’ time,” said Mutua.
Mutua said each of the Health Centres has an ongoing expansion that is going on to add an X-Ray room, mini-theatre, more consulting rooms, laboratory and expanded wards.
He said the quality health services, are part of the Maendeleo Chap Chap paradigm that shows that it is possible for us, with commitment, integrity and speed to be able to match what others have done elsewhere in the world so that our people get the best services.
“To me and my Government, health is a critical service that is why our over 80 ambulances, one in every location.
Respond within 5-8 minutes when called so as to save lives – another Maendeleo Chap Chap program,” said Mutua.
He said the county still needed various equipment that were being sourced slowly due to limited resources.
“I welcome friends, from individuals, NGOs to even Chama groups and Development Partners to join us so as to set the new standard for public health services in Kenya and indeed in the whole of the African Continent,” said Mutua.