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With the County Government handling health as a devolved function, the medical infrastructure in Wajir County is rapidly improving, raising hopes for a healthier population in this historically marginalised region. For over four years of devolution, the Wajir County Government devoted more resources to the health sector than others, strengthening health systems in the form of physical infrastructure, personnel, drugs, equipment and paramedics training.
However, in the search for solutions to health problems, the private sector has not been left behind. Clinics and hospitals have mushroomed that provide essential medical, nursing, testing and maternal care. But none of the upcoming institutions is as established, or widely recognised, as the Camel Hospital.
The Interior Walkways.
This writer was conducted through the institution's facilities by Senior Clinical Officer Alasow, and the journey was an experience to marvel. With facilities for maternal health care, modern theatre, dental care and X-Rays, the Camel Hospital, which is located opposite the former Liban Lodge, adjacent to Wajir Mart and the new Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) branch, is striving to meet the highest standards for an institution of its kind.
(Fronatal Garden in the exterior of the Wards at the Hosipital)
Named after the most beloved domestic animal to the Somali community, the Camel Hospital came into existence in 2014 after a well-thought out plan by its founders to respond to the worrying medical crises that had bothered Wajir County for long. In three years, it has grown to become the largest and most reputed private medical facility in the region.
Among the hospital's clients are expectant mothers seeking maternal care and outpatient clients visiting for consultation, testing and prescription of medicines. As it has grown, it also has a growing capacity for inpatient care, and consultant doctors and surgeons come regularly to operate on patients.
Its maternal care section is the finest and safest to set un unbreakable record of safe deliveries. The Delivery rooms alone have lavish zones for smooth delivery, fitted with the right bedding facilities and an interior hot shower bathroom, infant supporting unit all in self-coiner.
One of its kind in this semi-arid part of Northern Kenya that can smoothly contain a mother for a safer and healthy delivery, fitted with all the up-to date equipment, the spacious maternal unit muilti-palys all core functions from initial reception of the expectant mother to the delivery to sabitation and clean-up.
Here a mother doesn't need to move out of the maternity for bathings and toilets but have a full range of sanitary amenities including hot running showers. The babies are ensured safety with the right life-supporting machines in each delivery room, all taken care of by the best qualified medics.
Image of a delivery room within the mertinity section.
The hospital's operating theatre is designed in such a way that its spacious, easy to clean, and well-lit with modern viewing screens and monitors. According to the directors of the hospital, the Theatre is equipped with internationally acclaimed health equipment, bought mostly from India. The hospital has electricity backup supplied by a high capacity diesel generator.
The hospital's operating theatre is capable of most vitally needed surgeries. The theater rooms are supplied with wall suction, oxygen and anesthetic gases and with containers for disposal in place. Given the rising demand for services, the hospital has established partnerships with consultants who include specialised doctors, anesthesiologists and dentists. Its support staff including nurses are well trained and dutiful.
Inside the Theatre.
Being the leading private hospital, the institution's staff members have experienced and fought the perseverance of what many called 'almost a traditional system of health care'. The hospital stands tall and is ahead of the pack in this vast county.
The dental unit has a cutting edge dental equipment, the best for oral health care!
With up-to date medicines to treat different ailments, the Camel Hospital has progressive customer relations practices, a reputation for quality services and aims to providing a relaxing, comfortable and exciting experience for clients who visit it for medical care or other services.
Part of the hospital pharmacy.
The hospital can be reached on the contact below:
Snr Clinician Alasow;
Mohamed is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County