GROUND-BREAKING CEREMONY MARKS START OF COUNTY REFERRAL HOSPITAL UPGRADE TO 210 BED CAPACITYHoma-Bay-Asego
Homa bay Governor Cyprian Awiti joined Turkish health partners, Delta Trade Company and Standard Medical group today for a groundbreaking ceremony of the 210 Bed capacity hospital facility worth Sh3.8 billion at the county referral grounds.
The county government of Homa Bay struck a public-private partnership with the two companies to upgrade the county referral hospital to level 6 to offer quality affordable care for the people of Homa Bay.
The 210 bed capacity hospital set to be complete in 12 months will specialize in the treatment of terminal illnesses like cancer and is expected to double the bed capacity to make a difference in healthcare in Homa bay.
Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony, governor Awiti said the facility will serve the region and will handle complex cases that had over the years been referred to Eldoret and Nairobi.
“The partnership is created by an act of parliament and we are therefore looking forward to kick-start the construction in two months’ time,” said Awiti
He added: “I appeal to the people of Homa Bay to enroll their households into NHIF for them to better acquire primary care at this facility, once completed in the next twelve months.”
The Governor said the partnership will enable physicians, nurses and other health personnel undergo trainings through local and international scholarships in healthcare.
The Deputy Governor urged the youth to take advantage of this construction that will create job opportunities. He lauded the partnership that has been made easier through the national government’s cooperation.
The Chief executive of Delta Trade Company, Mr. Huissen Sahin said they are keen to provide quality affordable medical services to residents of Homa Bay through establishing a world class health facility in twelve months.
Mrs Rachel Wanjiku, a representative from state department of Housing and Urban Development, who was also present pledged to integrate infrastructure and good planning to house doctors and health personnel.
County Health executive prof. Richard Muga said the department is targeting upgrading of level 3 and 4 hospitals in sub counties with support from Phillips and other health partners.
County executives and county assembly members of the health committee led by Hon. Maurice Ogwang’ were among guests present during the ceremony.