COUNTY HEADQUARTER, COUNTY REFERRAL HOSPITAL.
A multi-million shilling Renal Dialysis Unit has today been commissioned at the Marsabit County Referral Hospital by the Deputy Governor to make the hospital among the first public hospital to offer the service in the country.
The Dialysis process is usually a very costly process in private hospitals and it goes for about 15,000 Kenya shillings a session in a private hospital where a patient has to undergo at most three sessions a week.
The acquisition of the machine at the hospital will come as a relief especially that it will be offered free of charge to patients who will be on a NHIF card holders.
The deputy Governor said that the acquisition of the machine was a big stride for Kayo government and a relief to the residents who had to seek for dialysis elsewhere.
” This is a great milestone to Kayo government and one of the success stories we had on our list, it is one of the achievements that we were really looking forward to. It is also a great relief to the patients who used to seek for the same services elsewhere ” He said.
The DG also underscored the importance of machine to the residents while reassuring the public that the county government will maintain the machine at whatever cost.
“We want to make sure that we maintain this facilities at any cost because we understand how expensive it is for our citizens to seek this service from other counties ” Said the DG.
The county government has also trained two nurses in renal technology and will be tasked with the management of the machine as the hospital admitted its first patient from sololo sub county.
Health Services CEC Hon David Timado said the hospital will also get a fully fledged renal unit as the new hospital complex comes to completion soon. He added that the county referral hospital will soon attain a full Level Five status as staffing, infrastructure and equipment challenges facing the hospital is being addressed.
The CEC also revealed plans by the county government to install the same machines at Moyale general hospital.
The machine were brought in a collaboration with the National government in a mission to offer affordable health care to all Kenyans. The county government will be paying 94 Million Kenya shillings every year until 2022 to foot the cost of Machine and other equipment.