VOI, Kenya, Oct 1 – Deputy President William Ruto who’s on a tour of the Coastal region has toured Voi County Referral Hospital in Taita Taveta where he officially opened a CT scan centre.
The centre, which houses a Sh100million lifesaving CT scan imaging machine with a capacity of 240 images a day is the first of its kind in the region and Ruto said he hopes it will not underutilized.
“When we formed the government, we made a decision that we must improve the healthcare of Kenyans. Reduce the distance they are traveling to seek critical medical services and that is why we promised to install CT scan machines in at least 37 hospitals countrywide,” said Ruto.
Instead of focusing on one area, the Deputy President who had earlier said he’s in the region to see government’s development projects said there are several things that CT scanner can do.
The Deputy President who arrived at the hospital in the morning accompanied by the Governor Granton Samboja was taken round as the team of medical staff and CEO of Megascope Kenya Ltd (K) Richard Ngatia explained to him how the modern kit operates.
Megascope has partnered with Neusoft, a Chinese-based firm to procure the Imaging machines for 36 other county hospitals across the country on behalf of the Ministry of Health.
While assuring Ruto that the imaging machine will not be underutilized, Ngatia, explained that they have jointly with Neusoft started a training centre in Nairobi where radiographers, radiologists and medical engineers will be undergoing training on how to use and maintain the CT scans.
The training centre was opened late last month by Neusoft’s Vice President, Dan Zhang who had come to Kenya mainly for that purpose. A team of personnel from both Neusoft and Megascope are the ones facilitating the training program.
Installation of the CT scan is a project of the national government meant to improve universal healthcare as President Uhuru Kenyatta promised in his economic recover.
Residents of Taita Taveta have welcomed its installation of the machine saying they have been forced to seek such services in neighbouring Tanzania.