KAKAMEGA, Kenya, Feb 26 – The government has constructed a total of 695 kilometres of roads at the cost of Sh37 billion in Western region counties over the past four years, State House Spokesperson has said.
According to Manoah Esipisu, the construction of another 177 kilometres of roads is also underway and is expected to end soon.
“In Vihiga, Kakamega, Transnzoia and Bungoma, a total of 695 km of roads has been constructed at the cost of Sh37 billion in the last four years,” he said adding : “The 94 km Matungulu-Nambale road is costing Sh256 million whereas the 82 km Emuhaya-Butere-Khuisero-Mumius East road is being constructed at the cost of Sh246 million,” he explained.
While addressing members of the fourth estate at the Kakamega State Lodge, Esipisu said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration remained committed to spurring development through initiatives that will eradicate development traps that the region has faced in the past.
He said the government has spent a total of Sh840 million under the managed medical equipment scheme which has seen hospitals in Kakamega county undergo a complete overhaul.
“In terms of healthcare, the level V hospital here in Kakamega and Malava level IV have already been equipped with enhanced medical equipment at the cost of Sh460 million and Sh380 million respectively,” he noted.
Despite the ongoing strike that has paralyzed medical services at public health centres, Esipisu said the new equipment are important to achieving a long-term solution and meet glaring equipment gaps that have bedevilled the county’s health sector.
“The bottom line is that doctors need better equipment and we as the government we think long-term and are therefore working to secure these thing long-term for the people of Kenya.”