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Health facility sponsored by Irish tourist

20 September 2012, 13:04 Alloys Musyoka

Galana residents living within Galana Ranch at Langobaya division in Malindi district have a reason to smile after a new refurbished health center was handed over to Agricultural Development Corporation by tourist from Ireland.

Agricultural Development Corporation coast Region Manager Mohamed Bule said the newly refurbished dispensary will be used to serve about 2000 patients.

Earlier Bule said the health facility was used to serve about 300 people but now will be serving capacity of 2000 people due to increase in number of pastoralists flocking in the area.

“It will be cheaper for locals living here instead of walking 200 kilometers to Malindi for treatment,” noted Bule.

The tourists from Ireland who had toured the area constructed four new rooms and refurbished the existing ones apart from facilitating the dispensary with medical equipments and supplies.

Bule went further to add that the facility will be able to accommodate at least 80 expectant mothers every month as well as offering laboratory services.

He made the remarks during the initial handing over of the health facility at Galana Ranch in Langobaya division in Malindi district.

The manager also added that soon the health facility will  be expecting new ambulance from a development partner within the Galana Wildlife Conservancy and ADC.

Meanwhile Ministry of Health has also promised to send three medical personnel to serve locals in the area as the population increase due to arrival of pastoralists from the tribal war zone Tana Delta.

Malindi and Magarini District Officer of Health Doctor Joan Karanja  said government through the ministry of health will sending two nurses and one laboratory technologist to the health facility to serve locals in the area very soon.

“We want to make sure that locals are well served and in that case medical personnel will be assigned duties at the newly refurbished dispensary,” noted Doctor Joan.

“We shall deploy two nurses and a laboratory technologist in the next few weeks to help in offering the best services to these people,” said the Malindi and Magarini Districts Officer of Health, Doctor Joan Karanja.

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