Society / Health & Science
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 13:01 EATjmwihaki@kenyafreepress.com
In spite of his being humiliated by voters during the just ended Jubilee Party primaries last week, Kiambu Governor William Kabogo is taking pride in a multi-million shilling hospital development project that will transform Thika Level Five Hospital in a modern medical facility providing some services that have never been accessible to patients in the region since independence.
Governor Kabogo is using the project, which was initiated under his watch, in a last minute blitz to endear himself to the Kiambu electorate who booted him in an improbable primaries outcome where he lost to Kabete Member of Parliament Ferdinand Waititu in a landslide vote. The hospital's modernisation work began under the leadership of Governor Kabogo and has cost Sh667 million.
The project has seen the establishment of specialized care and teaching facilities at the hospital that will now become the largest medical health facility in Central Kenya, with a state-of-the-art reproductive healthcare unit and departments such as clinics, in-patient, labour wards, theaters, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), lecture theatres, amenities for patients and a doctors parlor - the latter being a first in the public sector.
The ongoing transformation of Thika Hospital is the first in 54 years of independence and has only been made possible by the devolution of health services to county government under the 2010 constitution. This November, the hospital will commemorate 76 years since its establishment by the colonial authority in 1941.
Through this development, Kiambu has been acknowledged as one of the most improved counties in terms of healthcare development. Only a few other counties have established new health facilities from scratch the way the new hospital was done.
This is something that Mr Kabogo should rightly take pride in, and as he indicated yesterday, the hospital block, which is already serving patients, should be opened before the election in order to capture his legacy. The new facilities will benefit not only patients but students as well, given that the Mt Kenya University medical students train there.