Deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday, launched equipment worth Sh 500 million at the Mama Lucy Kibaki Level 5 Hospital in Umoja, Nairobi County, as part of the efforts to transforming the country’s healthcare system.
The equipment includes an Oxygen plant (Sh100 million), Radiology equipment (Sh 243 million) and theatre Instruments and sterilizing Equipment ((Sh 91.7million) among others.
Speaking after distributing the equipment, Mr. Ruto said the apparatus, which is part of the Managed Equipment Services Programme (MES), would benefit residents of Eastland’s among other areas in Nairobi County.
The Deputy President who was with Governor Mike Sonko (Nairobi) said the distribution of equipment under the MES programme was aimed at increasing access to specialized health services.
“Mama Lucy Kibaki is one of the hospitals that benefited from specialized medical equipment by the Government of Kenya through the Managed Equipment Services Programme in the financial year, 2015/2016,” said Mr. Ruto.
He said other than saving Sh20 million, the Oxygen Plant is approximated to raise Sh 40 million yearly from sales to other health facilities.
“These are some of the efforts and commitment by the Government in collaboration with the development partners to increase access to specialized health services geared towards achieving Universal Health Coverage,” said Mr. Ruto.
Mr. Ruto said the Government was committed to working with development partners to increase access to specialized health services.
“What we are doing is some of the efforts and commitment by the Government and development partners to increase access to specialized health services. This is geared towards achieving Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals,” added Mr. Ruto.
He said the national government would work with the county governments in improving the health services in all the hospitals.
“We will help set up a renal unity at Mama Lucy Hospital to help reduce pressure at the Kenyatta National Hospital,” said Mr. Ruto.
The Deputy President said the Government was committed to ensuring Kenyans get proper healthcare through the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).
“Our target is to ensure another five million Kenyans are covered by NHIF. Chiefs have been asked to enroll all people above the age of 70 years in the scheme,” said Mr. Ruto.
The Oxygen Plant was supported by joint efforts of Department For International Development (DFID) United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Hewa Tele Organization.
UNICEF’s Chief of Health, Kenya, Mr. Rory Nefdt said thousands of children suffer pneumonia, saying the oxygen plant will help reduce deaths associated with the disease.
He said UNICEF was playing its part in contributing to universal healthcare agenda in the country.
“As UNICEF, we are interested in providing catalytic support to help in the attainment of the universal health coverage,” said Mr. Rory.
Mr Sonko county governments will work closely with the national government in ensuring the attainment of the healthcare across the country.
“We want this hospital to be as good as private hospitals. We know there is a challenge of drugs in our hospitals but we are paying previous debts to correct the situation,” said Mr. Sonko.
He said there was a shortage of radiologists in hospitals at the counties, urging the national government to second some of them to the counties.
Mr. Sonko said dialysis treatment at the Mbagathi Hospital in his county would commence on Thursday, this week.
The Deputy President, at the same time, said the Government would decongest Nairobi by constructing more by-passes to reduce many hours wasted on traffic.
Mr. Ruto said plans were also underway to issue land title deeds to owners of land in Nairobi County.
He urged leaders to unite Kenyans irrespective of their political affiliations, saying time for service delivery was now, as the next election will be held in 2022.
“Kenyans are tired of politics. They want leaders to implement the promises they made during the 2017 General Election,” said Mr. Ruto.