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USAID donates three motorboats worth KES 18M to boost healthcare

27 September 2014, 17:39 Oduor Omondi

Kisumu - The US government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated three motorboats to boost health services in the islands in Lake Victoria.

US Ambassador, Robert Godec handed over the boats each costing KES 6 million to Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga, Busia Deputy Governor Kizito Wangalwa and Homa Bay Deputy Governor Hamilton Orata at Usenge beach in Siaya County.

The motorboats will help health workers to access the islands quickly and safely to provide quick health services to people residing there.

Ambassador Godec said the motorboats will enhance the care and treatment of people living with HIV/Aids.

He said the United States was committed to improving health care service delivery in the country through bilateral support and expressed optimism that the heavy disease burden in the counties in the lake basin would be tackled through concerted efforts by all stakeholders.

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The motorboat health services would be under Aphia Plus programme, funded by PATH.

Siaya County Director of Health Dr. Omondi Owino said health workers previously accessed the islands using wooden boats which were slow, inconvenient and risky.

Besides the delivery of quick health services, the boats will also help in rescue missions in case of emergencies.

The governors assured the Ambassador that the boats will be put to good use and help in referral of patients and expectant mothers from islands to better equipped hospitals on the mainland.

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