The Kakamega County Government urged to fast track construction and re-opening of Marakusi dispensary

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The Kenya National Private Security Workers Union Isaac Andabwa when he visited Marakusi dispensary
The Kenya National Private Security Workers Union Isaac Andabwa when he visited Marakusi dispensary

Kakamega County government has been urged to fast track the construction of the new building for the Marakusi dispensary in Lugari Sub County and ensure services are restored at the facility.

Addressing residents at the facility, the Kenya National Private Security Workers Union Secretary General Isaac Andabwa regretted the agony the locals were going through by travelling long distance  to seek medical services following closure of the facility by the public health department in 2018 after the building was condemned   due to cracks on the walls posing danger to its users.

The Marakusi dispensary
The Marakusi dispensary

Andabwa said health was essential and wondered why it has taken long for the county government to address the issues.

“Our people are suffering by travelling all the way to Lumakanda, Mukuyu and Lugari to seek for medical services, this is a big burden to them especially with the current economic situation,” said Andabwa.

Andabwa who is vying for the Lugari constituency parliamentary seat in the August 9th has urged the county government to stop playing with people’s lives and take health matters with the seriousness that it deserves.

He said despite the county government buying a container as a short term solution, it has remained unused for the past two years.

The container that has for two years remained unused at the Marakusi dispensary
The container that has for two years remained unused at the Marakusi dispensary

“They brought here a container which has not been partitioned to enable it to serve the intended purpose and it has remained to rust outside here without being used as our people continue to suffer,” he said.

Despite the county government claiming to have allocated the dispensary over Kshs 9M for the construction of a new building in 2021, the work has stalled at the foundation level with Andabwa appealing for re-awarding of the tender to a contractor who has capacity to do a good job.