First Lady Margaret Kenyatta 8,May 2018 delivered medical supplies and equipment worth Shs 45 million to Kitui county Referral Hospital to improve the institution’s health care services and capacity to handle emergencies.
Margaret Kenyatta said the equipment will enhance the hospital’s capacity to deal with many emergencies especially those calling for surgery, including maternity services.
She supplied the equipment at a time when the County Government was planning to upgrade the hospital from a level four to level five institution.
A level five hospital has a fully equipped theatre, well established Intensive Care (ICU) Unit and capacity to conduct major surgeries.
The First Lady said the County Hospital will require more equipment, workforce and infrastructure to successfully upgrade from its current status to a level five facility.
“It is my hope the equipment we deliver today will be of great assistance in this regard”, Margaret Kenyatta said.
Margaret also attended Mass at the Holy Family Catholic Church, Kabati to bless the equipment, later launched at the neighboring Bishop Dunne Primary school.
She commended the efforts of the County Government in their efforts to improve and increase services at Kitui County Refferal Hospital.
The assortment of medical supplies to Kitui including theatre, laboratory equipment and beds were donated through a partnership between the Friends of Africa International (FOIA), Project C.U.R.E and the First Lady’s Beyond Zero initiative.
Project C.U.R.E (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) is the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to over 130 nations around the world.
The journey to deliver medical equipment to Kenya started in 2015 when FOIA and Project C.U.R.E requested the First Lady to be part of their work to provide the life-saving supplies to needy clinics and hospitals in the country.
Today’s consignment to Kitui was the third delivery after two other batches were launched in Kieni Hospital in Embu County and Chemolingot District Hospital in Baringo in the last two years.
The First Lady is expected to launch the fourth 40-footer container full of medical equipment in Bungoma County in coming days.
Three other consignments are expected in the country in the next few months- to complete phase one of the partnership between project C.U.R.E and Beyond Zero .
Medical equipment delivered to various hospital’s by the Beyond Zero initiative are aimed to improve and increase access to healthcare services in line with the First Lady’s new framework launched in March.
Beyond zero’s initiatives are aligned to President Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda on Universal Health coverage.
Kitui County Referral Hospital serves the upwards of one million people from the 16 sub-counties of Kitui and Katangi region of Machakos County.
The facility also serves as the teaching hospital for the Kitui Medical Training College and the South Eastern Kenya University.
Kitui Deputy Governor Dr. Peter Wathe Nzau and Kitui West MP Edith Nyenze received the medical equipment on behalf of Kitui people.