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Health boost as ambulances are procured in Vihiga

07 January 2015, 18:04 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Vihiga County's health sector got a boost when three ambulances were commissioned by Governor Moses Akaranga.

While commissioning the ambulances procured at KES 22 million at Epali health centre, in Emuhaya constituency, Akaranga said that plans are underway to revamp the health sector in the county.

"The ambulances are just a start for the other better things that are yet to come. We are on course to make sure that the residents enjoy better healthcare in our hospitals," said Akaranga.

Jason Amukonyi, the county medical officer of health, county executive Halima Abdi, among other leaders attended the commissioning of the ambulances.

The ambulances were given to Epali health centre, Vihiga dispensary and Hamisi sub-county hospital, with the governor saying that they will purchase others to be given to other health facilities.

"The ambulances should operate at all hours without fail, failure to which the concerned parties will be disciplined," he said.   

The health sector in the county has suffered a major set back since the devolved government took over, with many people having faced the brunt of purchasing drugs often due to an acute shortage in hospitals.

Also see: GALLERY: Medics fall off a moving ambulance

The major referral hospital, Vihiga Hospital, has in the past few months been in huge debts, that amounted up to KES 20 million, with occasioned frequent power cuts and lack of water due to uncleared bills.

Akaranga ruled out allowing the hospital to run a parallel account to cater for emergency services, even as doctors in the hospitals complained of a protracted procurement process even in purchasing of some basic items required in the hospitals.

"It will be illegal to allow the hospitals to run parallel accounts because it is illegal," he said.

He said that drugs will be purchased in the hospitals to curb the frequent shortages.   

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