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Nyeri Government to cut cost of managing diseases

11 November 2013, 20:41 Joseph Njunge'h

Nyeri - The county government of Nyeri is in the process of cutting the cost of managing diseases through early detection and intervention.  

According to area Deputy Governor, Samuel Wamathai, the county government has begun sensitizing public on health issues by engaging community health workers to reach the grassroots residents.

It has also launched mass screening of non communicable diseases and strengthening referral systems from the community unit to County Referral Hospital.

Wamathai added that they are in the process of recruiting nurses, laboratory technologists and community health extension workers as a way of improving health services.

“We intend to establish laboratory services in all dispensaries and health centres and equip them with machines to carry out laboratory services,” Wamathai said.

He pointed out that a state of the art Renal Unit will be established at the County Referral Hospital, former PGH, and service charter will be launched in February next year.

He added that the government has sponsored seven medical professionals to undergo training in dialysis for better service offering.

He further revealed that several medical research institutes including that of kidney disease, cancer, eye, sterile line for infusions and a Diagnostic and Imaging centre will be established in the region.

“There is also need for a medical school in Nyeri County that can train graduate and post graduate doctors, Pharmacists and Dentists,” Wamathai lamented.

The Deputy Governor made the remarks at Outspan Medical College during the second graduation ceremony on Saturday at the institution.

During the event, more than 130students graduated with various awards from medical studies.

The school’s Board of Directors chairman, Macharia Kiruhi asked the graduates to be confident in the job field and practice the skills acquired as per the career oath.

He however expressed concern that students from the college are charged some fee for practical attachment at public hospitals whiles those from public institutions are excluded from the fee.

Macharia further stated that private students ought to have and enjoy equal opportunities for loans from the Loans Board and bursaries from the government for poor students.

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