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Governor opens KES 7.2M maternity wing

18 November 2014, 14:06 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Long suffering women from Kopsiro Division in Mt Elgon Constituency who previously had problems accessing adequate maternal care have a reason to smile following the opening up of a modern maternity wing at the Kopsiro Health Centre, which was funded by the Bungoma County government.

The County government used more than KES 7.2M to construct the facility which is aimed at saving lives of children and women. Governor Ken Lusaka officially opened the maternity wing last week.

Speaking during the function, Lusaka said his government has given priority to the health function, and appealed to the health workers to discharge their duties diligently.

"We have acquired five ambulances for emergency responses and will buy six more by December. My government has ensured that there are drugs across all the 9 hospitals, 13 health centers and 261 dispensaries in the County," he said.

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"Apart from Kopsiro, we will fund construction of maternity wings in other health facilities in the region," added Lusaka.

The Governor cautioned workers in the health sector against soliciting bribes from patients who visit the public facilities, and said they risk loosing their jobs if caught.

"I have information that some rogue workers are compelling patients to part with bribes before offering them services that are meant to be free like maternity. Let this workers know that their days are numbered," said the Governor, who was accompanied by his Deputy Hillary Chongwony, Health CEC Grace Khayota, County Director Of Health Services Dr Wekesa Kubasu among others.

Khayota said her ministry will soon install emergency numbers across all the health facilities in the County for callers to report any corrupt health worker, and appealed to each of the over 1 400 staff in her ministry not to take bribes.

"Maternity services at all the public hospitals are also absolutely free. We are also in the process of making emergency ambulance services free to our people considering that the County government has been making the largest budgetary allocations to the ministry of Health, Water and Sanitation," she revealed.

The County Director Of Health Services, Dr Wekesa Kubasu announced that an ambulance would be promptly made available to Kospiro.

"We are refurbishing a Land Rover that will be assigned here to help move patients because of the mountainous terrain and we shall make drugs available to all our health facilities," he pledged.

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