Society / Health & Science
Friday, 15 Jul 2016 15:39 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The Elgeyo Marakwet county government has entered into a partnership with Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital that will see the hospital build an extension facility in the county.
Governor Alex Tolgos signed the deal with MTRH director, Dr Wilson Aruasa, under which the hospital will construct and operate an annex in Elgeyo Marakwet. The county desired both the development of a modern health facility and the medical tourism that such a facility would promote, Governor Tolgos said.
Dr Aruasa said the partnership was part of a major expansion strategy for MTRH, which includes the development new wards, theaters and intensive care systems. The hospital has devoted Sh200 million for expansion of its ICU units from the current six to 22 units.
Dr Aruasa expressed optimism that MTRH will sign partnership agreements with all counties in the North Rift region so as to improve healthcare coverage. “We are looking into the possibility of signing a joint MOU with all counties in the region under the North Rift Investment Block (NOREB),” said Dr Arausa.
Governor decried the proliferation of community hospitals funded under the constituency development fund which he said lacked capacity to offer basic health services. The governor said many of the facilities were idle, and the county government was conducting a review of their worth in order to shut down some.
Dr Aruasa said that, as the leading provider of health services in the region, MTRH faces capacity constraints and its expansion is imperative. He said the hospital currently handles more than 1,200 patients daily against a bed capacity of less than 1,000 patients