In a move to improve access to healthcare for residents of Homa Bay county, Governor Gladys Wanga today officially commissioned a new outpatient centre and a CT Scan unit at the county referral hospital. The new outpatient block, which has been under construction for the past 120 days, is designed to provide high-quality, patient-centered care to the people of Homa Bay county.
The new outpatient block, features a wide range of services including primary care, specialist clinics, diagnostic services, and rehabilitation services. It also includes a modern pharmacy, as well as a waiting area for patients and visitors.
Speaking after commissioning the facility, Governor Wanga emphasized the importance of investing in healthcare infrastructure to improve the lives of residents. “Access to quality healthcare for the people of Homa Bay has been our priority and is a fundamental right. This new facility will therefore help to ensure that residents of the county have the care they need, when they need it.”
She added: “The bold steps we made to move our outpatient department to this new centre was to provide the essential services that meet the expectations of our people. We are soon constructing a multi-storied accident and emergencies center that will upgrade our referral hospital to level 5 status.”
The county boss also assured the residents of Homa Bay that basic drugs will be available at the pharmacy for patients and equally appealed to health care providers to be up to task in serving patients whenever they seek services at the facility.
According to the county health executive, Hon. Roselyne Omollo, the new outpatient block will greatly improve the hospital’s ability to provide care to the people. “This new facility will enable us to meet the growing demand for healthcare services in the county, and provide our patients with the best possible care,” she said.
The new state-of-the-art CT scan unit built by the county government at a cost of Kshs. 40 million is expected to serve 100 patients every 24 hours and is now open for patients from across the county.
“We are excited to finally provide this essential service to our cancer patients who now won’t have to travel outside the county seeking diagnostic services to our neighbouring counties and beyond,” Wanga said, adding that patients will be seeking the services under NHIF insurance cover.
Local residents have expressed their excitement and gratitude for the new facility, many have been waiting for the new facility since it was announced it will help ease the pressure on the existing services and improve overall healthcare access for those who need it.
County assembly speaker, Hon. Julius Gaya assured the executive arm of the county government of additional support in funding to ensure the new facility gets significant funds to further improve it over the coming years.
“The commissioning of the new outpatient block and CT scan unit at the county referral hospital marks a significant step forward in the provision of healthcare in the county, and will help to ensure that residents have access to the care they need to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.”