Laikipia North residents urge County Govt to equip hospitals

Written By: Hunja Macharia
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Residents of Mukogodo East Ward have urged the County Government of Laikipia to equip two dispensaries built by donors to enable them access medical services.

The Lekurruki and Ntalaban dispensaries were constructed in 2015 at a cost of Ksh 2 million and Ksh 4 million respectively.

Unfortunately the two facilities have yet to start operating following delay by the County Government to equip them and deploy medical staff.

As a result the Lekurruki dispensaries is in a sorry state due to neglect yet residents claim that the County Government had promised to equip the facility once complete.

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Thomas Sakui a resident said the County Government should honour its promise saying this will enable residents access quality health care services.

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He said residents rely on Lekurruki conservancy’s vehicle in case of medical emergencies and are forced to travel for more than 20 kilometers to Leparua or Lokusero to access health services.

Sakui says they are victims of wildlife attacks while malaria remains a major issue among the community yet the two facilities were meant to be long term solutions to their health needs.

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He said pregnant mothers are often forced to seek assistance from traditional birth attendants in case of complications since the only hospital where they can access maternal health care is Isiolo town.

il Ngwesi conservancy facilitated the construction of Ntalaban dispensaries and its Manager Patrick Leresi, said they have an extra Ksh 4 million funding to install basic hospital equipment such as furniture, basic apparatus and maternity beds.

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Leresi said they also intend to install solar power and construct a greenhouse for the hospital employees to grow their crops so that they do not have to travel to buy vegetables.

Laikipia County CEC for health Lenai Kamario said they have posted a nurse to Ntalaban dispensary adding that the Lekurruki hospital will be considered in the next financial year.

The nurse has however not reported to work since the hospital does not have the necessary equipment for her to work.

 

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