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KES 42million for upgrading dispensaries in Laikipia

22 November 2013, 17:51

Laikipia - Residents of Laikipia will have something to smile about after the County Government set aside KES42 million towards upgrading 65 dispensaries to fully-fledged health centers.

County Executive for Public Health Dr David Njoroge said  that the county government is fully committed to scrapping dispensaries in the next five years.

Dr Njoroge said that each of the 15 wards in the county will get KES3 million to expand the health facilities and bring quality health care closer to the locals.

Speaking to the media at Muramati dispensary in Laikipia East Sub County, the executive said that all the dispensaries in the county will be registered as health centers and that they will be run by either a medical doctor or a clinical officer.

Dr Njoroge officiated the opening of a KES12 million maternity ward in the dispensary constructed by Waitrose Foundation through the Kenya Horticultural Exporters Limited.

He said that Laikipia has only eight health centers and that one has already been upgraded into a Sub District hospital where maternity and outpatient services are been offered for free of charge.

Dr Njoroge said that they are waiting for a fleet of ambulances which will arrive in a month’s time aimed at ensuring that all the residents access quality health care.

“My department is working tirelessly to ensure that we get qualified medical staff also ensure that they get better housing,” said Dr Njoroge.

This move by the county government comes after Laikipia Members of County Assembly led by Speaker Patrick Mariru and Clerk Jasper Mutwiri toured Sieku location in Mukogodo East ward in Laikipia North Sub County on August where they learnt that residents trek over 50 km's to the nearby Isiolo County to access medical attention.

The assembly which was on a four day tour in the region was told that the ward has only one primary school and has no single health facility.

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