By Anne Chebet
The county government has procured four ambulances to provide emergency services for patients in remote areas.
The ambulances that cost Sh40 million are fitted with state of the art equipment to provide comfort to the patients while being taken to referral hospitals.
Governor Wycliffe Wangamati said one of the ambulances will serve Chebyuk and Kopsiro Naitiri and Chwele villages in Mt Elgon where cases of pregnant women dying due to lack of means to medical facilities have been reported.
Residents have narrated tales of difficulties experienced during perilous times due to bad weather and terrain making it difficult for patients to survive as they trek to health facilities.
“Most people use donkeys as a means of transport since we do not have vehicles to assist us at night,” said John Kipsuto, Chebyuk resident who shed tears of joy after the commissioning exercise.
The county has a total of 18 ambulances providing emergency services to residents across the nine sub-counties.
“We will invest more in the ministry of health to improve the status of health of our people, the ambulances will improve mobility of patients during emergencies in remote areas.
Wangamati said contractors who won tenders to build the 300-bed maternity wing at the County Referral hospital and the one constructing 100-bed maternity wing at Sirisia Sub Country hospital will be paid in time.
The two projects will cost Sh 400 million. “The contractors should complete their job in time since the county has all the money for both projects, ” said the governor.
Bungoma referral hospital was build in 1952 during the colonial era with a bed capacity of 252 beds but 67 years later the government has never done any refurbishment.
The governor lauded the move taken by the health department to seal loopholes at the revenue collection department.
“We collected Sh 60 million more this year after sealing loopholes of stealing our revenue.
This year we will collect more than 100 million to employ more doctors, nurses and improve infrastructure,” he added.
Last year the health department collected a total of Sh235 million but this year the department collected 295 million.
The governor said he didn’t expect any shortage of drugs in hospitals this financial year arguing that he had cleared 100 million debt the county owed KEMSA.
“We are among counties that have cleared our debt with KEMSA so that we can get constant supply of drugs in our health facilities.”
The CEC for health Dr Anthony Walela said the department will create a one-stop center that will be charged with coordinating ambulances to ensure enhanced service delivery.
Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati flagging off the ambulances at the Bungoma County Teaching and Referral Hospita