Homa Bay County government is set to construct a modern hospital at a cost of Shs 3.8 billion to enhance access to medical services in the county.
The construction of the facility which is expected to begin in May this year will be done in partnership with the Turkish Delta Trade Company, Standard Medical Group Limited and the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).
Once complete, the facility, will deal with complicated ailments including cancer, kidney problems and heart diseases among others.
Speaking after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with officials from the three companies at his office, area Governor Cyprian Awiti said the facility would have a bed capacity of 210 for patients with complicated ailments.
Awiti, who was accompanied by his deputy Hamilton Orata, said that the County government will provide a parcel of land on lease agreement terms for a period of 30 years, while the partners will avail the funds for the project.
“The project will cushion patients with complicated infections from visiting overseas countries in search of specialized medical services,” added the governor.
Awiti further assured residents that the County plans to enroll over 2, 000 vulnerable families into NHIF medical cover.
He said that the number would be shared equally among the 40 wards within the County, adding that for those already 70 years and above, NHIF was taking care of them.
On his part, the Delta Trade Company President Huseyin Sahin said his organization would ensure the project was completed within a period of nine months beginning May this year.
The Standard Medical Group Limited Managing Director Ian Okundi said the project would help the County overcome health challenges.