Kenyans living in informal settlements are set to benefit from the construction of 24 new health facilities by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) across the County.
The facilities which will be put up in the next three months at a cost of Ksh 2 billion will be situated in Mathare, Kayole, Mukuru Kwa Rueben, Kibra, Githurai Soweto, Korogocho Viwandani, Majengo, Kawangware, Gitare Marigu, Mukuru Kwa Njenga.
In a press statement to newsrooms Monday, NMS Director-General Mohammed Badi said that the construction of the facilities is part of the targets his administration desires to achieve in the next 100 days.
“Our intention is to build 24 fully functional health facilities in the County’s informal settlements to further develop and build on the health agenda even during this COVID-19 situation,” said Major General Badi.
The construction of the facilities will be a major boost, coming at a time when the Country is registering high numbers of those testing positive to COVID-19 with Nairobi County bearing the brunt as it has recorded the highest number of new cases.
According to NMS Health Services Director Dr Josephine Kibaru-Mbae, 19 of the 24 facilities will be constructed from scratch while the remaining five will be rehabilitated, even as plans are underway to elevate Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital to a Level Five health facility.
Mbae noted that this will be a major game-changer for those living in informal settlements who do not have any health facilities, making it hard for people to access health services.
“Ten out of the targeted number will be Level Two health facilities while the rest will be Level Three,” clarified Mbae who further said that this particular action is in line with NMS’s vision in terms of health care in informal settlements which is the provision of comprehensive and quality health services to city residents living in these areas just like other parts of the county.
The Health Director further said that Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) will be given the tender to supply drugs to the facilities, stating that the agency is currently supplying NMS level 2 and 3 facilities with drugs under the Universal Healthcare Agreement.
NMS in addition has drilled a total of 93 boreholes in the informal settlements within Nairobi County to provide the residents of the areas with free clean water.
Nairobi Regional Commissioner Wilson Njega said the provision of water to the communities will end the plight of the water crisis in the settlements where the residents were buying water from vendors and kiosks at Ksh20 to Ksh30 per 20 litres jerrican.
Njega said plans were underway to increase the boreholes so that all the residents in the settlements can enjoy adequate water supply.
“The residents in these settlements are also receiving free clean water from NMS water boozers, I urge you to maintain high standards of hygiene during this period by washing hands with soap and water and sanitising to avoid contracting the disease,” said Njega.
The RC was spoke in Kibra during the flagging-off of the Phase II National Hygiene Programme (NHP) dubbed Kazi Mtaani in Kibra Constituency where 4,430 youth from the area have benefited from the programme.
Njega said the programme which has been initiated by the government to cushion the youths living in the informal settlements from the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, will see over 270,000 Kenyans countrywide and at least 53,733 from Nairobi engaged in community work.