The Bungoma County government is set to build a maternity wing that will cost more than Kshs 240 million in the County. The maternity wing will have a capacity of more than 300 beds and is set to reduce the congestion caused by expectant mothers who’ve been sharing beds in the past.
Speaking during the official launch of the project, Bungoma Health CEC Anthony Walela said that the project which is funded by the County government will change the face of the Bungoma County referral hospital, “The Ministry will fully equip the building with modern facilities plus sufficient expertise that will help reduce the level of deaths during delivery,” he said.
During the launch, Bungoma Deputy Governor Charles Ngome said health being one of the devolved functions, the Bungoma leadership under Governor Wycliffe Wangamati has set aside funds that will equip the Bungoma referral hospital which has been admitting more than five hundred patients per day. Ngome added that the County government has plans to recruit more nurses to bridge the gap that has been witnessed for years.
The area member of parliament Wafula Wamunyinyi who was also present called upon the CEC to make a keen follow up on land that is occupied by the paediatric wing saying that some of the former top government officials attempted to grab it and may have title deeds already, posing a tricky situation for the hospital.
Written by Thadeus Wachiye