Homa Bay Referral Hospital Set for Sh200m Major UpgradeBushnell Odhiambo
Governor Gladys Wanga presided over the ground-breaking for the construction of a new 5-storey ultramodern Accident and Emergency Block at the Homa Bay County Teaching and Referral Hospital.
The new building, which will cost the county government KES 200 million, will be erected at the site where the very first building of the then Homabay District Hospital stood in 1966. The old building, which also served as the OPD and housed a number of wards, was brought down to pave way for the construction.
“I am excited that this Hospital is set to undergo a full-cycle. There will be a full overhaul once this magnificent facility is done in the next 18 months,” the governor was speaking during the ground-breaking ceremony at the Homa Bay County Teaching and Referral on Wednesday afternoon.
The new block will provide timely emergency and routine medical response and will be well-equipped with state-of-the-art technology in diagnostics, useful in saving lives and detecting medical emergencies.
It will also have laboratory and pharmacy units that will be interlinked to the hospital to improve efficiency and shorten the patient journey in the facility.
The county boss disclosed that once complete, the facility will handle health check-ups, pediatric outpatient services, wound dressings, and specialized clinics, including ANC and MCH among other services.
The county assembly speaker, Hon. Julius Gaya who also graced the event, hailed the new project as a significant milestone in the county’s healthcare system.
“This is a big win for Homa Bay County, and we are committed to ensuring that the project is completed within the stipulated time frame,” he said.
Dr. Andrew Mulwa, the Country Director of Medical Services who represented the CS Health, lauded the initiative, terming the development project a game-changer for the health sector in Homa Bay County.
Dr. Ruth Masha, the CEO National Syndemic Diseases Control Council, echoed the governor’s sentiments and expressed her optimism.
“I am confident that the ultramodern Accident and Emergency Block will help address the health needs of the people of Homa Bay County.”
The new Accident and Emergency Block is part of the governor’s pledge to improve the county’s healthcare services. It is expected to enhance access to quality healthcare for the county’s residents, reduce patient wait-times, and improve overall efficiency in the hospital.
The County Executive Committee (CEC) Member for Health, Ms. Roselyn Omollo said the project will go a long way in boosting the county’s capacity to handle medical emergencies and reduce the number of referrals to other hospitals outside Homa Bay.
The project is set to be completed in the next 18 months and is expected to transform the Homa Bay County Teaching and Referral Hospital into a modern and well-equipped medical facility that will serve the health needs of the county’s residents for years to come.
The groundbreaking ceremony was witnessed by the County Assembly leadership and a host of MCAs, as well as other senior national and county government officials and members of the public.