, OL-KALOU, Kenya, Oct 9 – Residents of Nyandarua County have called on the government to upgrade the JM Kariuki Memorial Hospital in Ol-Kalou to a Level Five hospital.
The residents regretted that the only hospital that they were relying on was Nyahururu District Hospital which had now been taken over by Laikipia County.
They also want the government to start a medical school in the institution to serve the people from the region. Currently, the hospital serves as a sub-county facility which serves the entire county.
Rurii Ward County Representative Wahome Kamoche said the elevation of the hospital would end the agony by residents who travel to Nakuru or Nairobi to seek further treatment.
Kamoche said that the institution had ample facilities to serve as a Level Five Hospital.
“This is one of the institutions that had been built with top class facilities and yet it remains as a sub county hospital which fell under Nyahururu District Hospital. It is the high time that the health ministry recognised the institution as one that serves the entire Nyandarua County and elevate it,” he said on a tour of the institution.
The leader called on the government to give it monopoly and stop relying on the Nyahururu Hospital for medical supplies.
“This should be an institution that should depend on its own as it is the only one that Nyandarua people rely on. We want to end our affiliation to other hospitals,” he observed.
If approved, he said that the county government was also ready to allocate another parcel of land for the expansion of the medical college.
The hospital currently occupies some 54 acres of land.