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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has reiterated the need for a better functional healthcare system.

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui at a past function.PHOTO/NGPU.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has reiterated the need for a better functional healthcare system.
In his state of the county address speech, Kinyanjui noted that COVID-19 pandemic has taught Kenyans on the importance of having a functional healthcare system.
“The key lesson we have learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic is the importance of having functional healthcare systems” he stated.
The county boss revealing that one of his key agendas has been to improve health infrastructure through building of hospitals, equipping them and ensuring they are adequately staffed.
In line with this,the county has allocated Sh6.3 billion of the total budget to the health docket.
“We have done this by allocating over 32 per cent, amounting to Sh6.3 billion, of our total budget to healthcare financing every financial year” said Kinyanjui.
Kinyanjui also stating that the County Government of Nakuru has so far operationalized 13 new health facilities and 26 more are upcoming in various stages of construction.
And owing to the fact the Level 2 and 3 hospitals are the first stop of call when people fall ill,Kinyanjui said he has fulfilled part of his manifesto during the 2017 campaigns of building several health facilities to improve healthcare services across the County with over Shs.1 billion set aside for the infrastructural upgrade of health facilities that are now ongoing in various parts of the County.
“Currently, we have about 10 major hospitals under construction across the County” said Kinyanjui.
In Naivasha sub-County, the county government is constructing a Shs.300 million hospital in conjunction with the Kenya Electricity Generating Company.
This hospital will help to attend to occasional accidents victims on the Nakuru- Nairobi Highway as well as workers in the flower and hospitality sector in the region.
At the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital, the construction of a 4-storey outpatient
department at Shs.650 million is complete and equipping will begin any time soon.
“Maai Mahiu area is fast-growing because of the upcoming Naivasha Industrial Park, the Inland Container Depot and the Standard Gauge Railway. It is prudent that we match the development will quality healthcare service.We are therefore constructing a Shs160 million modern hospital in Maai Mahiu. The groundbreaking was done early this year and construction is ongoing” Kinyanjui noted.
Gilgil is not left behind,as the construction of Shs.40 million modern maternity is almost complete with a modern theatre at the hospital, which is fully operational.
A few weeks ago,the county  began the construction of a modern Level 4 facility at the Njoro Sub-County Hospital.
The Shs.157 million will cater for patients in Mau Narok, Mauche, Kihingo, Nesuit, Lare and Njoro.
There is also a construction of a modern outpatient facility at Taita Health Centre, Mauche Njoro Sub-County at Shs.25 million.
Kinyanjui also stated that the first phase of a modern 150-bed maternity wing at the Elburgon Hospital
in Molo Sub-County is almost complete with contractor now fitting and installing floors, windows, doors, electricity, water.
The Shs.40 million wing will also house theatres, laboratories, X-rays and ultrasound, pharmacy and essential maternity services.
And with an equipped  comprehensive theatre at the Elburgon Nyayo Ward
Hospital, there will be no referrals made to Nakuru Level 4 Hospitals
as the hospital will manage complex surgeries.
In, Molo,the county government is constructing a Sh200 million modern Level 4 hospital.
Once, complete, the facility will be critical in handling emergency cases on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway.
In Kuresoi South Sub-County, the construction of the Sh100 million Olenguruone hospital is taking shape.
The hospital will have a comprehensive outpatient unit, an administration block and a mother-child special clinic.
In Bahati Sub-County,a completed construction of the Sh30 million Githioro Health Center in Dondori Ward.
The facility is set to serve residents who previously had to travel to Nakuru Level 5 Hospital or other facilities for treatment.
In the war against Cancer, the county government of Nakuru is constructing a Radiology Center at the Nakuru
Level 5 Hospital.
The Shs.500 million facility is a partnership between the County Government of Nakuru and the National Government.
The facility will have modern brachytherapy, linac and CT Simulator machines to treat various forms of cancer.
The radiology centre will complement the Oncology Centre we opened in May 2018 that has since offered cancer management services, including chemotherapy to over 30,000 people.
Kinyanjui who addressed the county residents virtually due to COVID-19,also lauded the efficient service delivery in hospitals following the automated payment system in 19 facilities.
This he said has led to an increase of revenue collection in hospitals from Shs.400 million to over Shs.1 billion in the last three years.
“Payment for services at these hospitals are made through bank agents or M-Pesa to clear medical services bills, thus sealing loopholes. The revenue collected from these health facilities has been used in the
improvement of infrastructure mentioned earlier” he said.
The county government is also working through timely procurement
of medical supplies.
“We have enough stock of medical supplies across the County, mostly in major Level 4 hospitals, to ensure that there is no shortage” said Kinyanjui.
On human resource capacity in line with the ongoing infrastructural upgrade in hospitals, the county government has employed over
500 additional healthcare workers who include registered nurses,paramedics,
physiotherapists, radiographers, clinical officers, public health officers and ambulance operators.

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Respect courts,Nakuru MCA tells BBI proponents

The vocal Nakuru MCA called on elected leaders to respect the courts and Judiciary as an independent body.

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Kabazi MCA Dr.Peter Mbae at a past function.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Kabazi Ward MCA Dr.Peter Mbae has called on proponents of Building Bridges Initiative to respect courts.

In a statement to newsrooms on Monday morning,Mbae said it was wrong for people to bash judges and courts at large for a ruling issued that termed BBI process null and void.

His statement come a day the BBI proponents headed to court to appeal the ruling issued by a 5- judge bench.

“Attacking the Judiciary yet it’s the same institution you’re going back to seeking to handle your appeal is unwise, illogical, unreasonable, bad for the rule of law and extremely bad manners for elected leaders” he said.

The vocal Nakuru MCA called on elected leaders to respect the courts and Judiciary as an independent body.

Similar sentiments were issued by Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula.

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Visa Oshwal community plant over 500 trees at Nakuru Hindu Crematorium

According to the members,the tree planting should be encouraged even among youths.

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Members of the Visa Oshwal community Nakuru during the tree planting exercise at Nakuru Hindu Crematorium.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Members of the Visa Oshwal community in Nakuru on Sunday planted over 500 trees at the Hindu Crematorium in Manyani,Nakuru East with calls on Kenyans to embrace tree planting as a way to address effects climate change.

Speaking during the exercise ,they said tree planting should be taken seriously.

Led by Visa Oshwal Community chairperson Sanju Shah,the members said trees are key in mitigating the devastating effects of climate change.

“We are here to communicate to the society that we all need to embrace tree planting and plantation forestry as it plays an important role in mitigating the devastating effects of climate change” said Shah.

They added that despite the fact that as a community they use trees during cremation,they have embraced tree planting to replace the ones used.

According to the members,the tree planting should be encouraged even among youths.

Visa Oshwal Community Women Wing chairperson Ms Divya Shah reiterated the same.

“As a community we use firehood during cremation and that is why we decided to plant trees in this crematorium today” she said.

She appealed to locals to work towards realization of more trees.

 

 

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MP Kathambi disburses Sh45 million bursary for secondary, tertiary students

In January this year, National Director NG-CDF George Ole Meshuko lauded the Njoro Constituency for the model classes set up and the effort put towards the education sector.

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Njoro MP Charity Kathambi with students during the launch of the bursary .PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Njoro Member of Parliament, Mrs Charity Kathambi has reiterated her commitment towards improving the education standards in her constituency.

She was speaking earlier today when she launched the National Government – Constituencies Development Fund bursary worth Shs45 million towards secondary schools and tertiary institutions.

She said she will also be lobbying through the national government to have a national tertiary college in Njoro Constituency where students from all over the country can come and start.

“As we launch this tranche of the bursary for the secondary and tertiary institutions I want to assure parents that in Njoro we will work to ensure our children are in schools and get the best,” she said.

The lawmaker told off those who have discriminated against children when it comes to access to education through retrogressive cultures.

She stated that all children are the same and should be given an equal opportunity in matters of education.

“Let me make it clear here in Njoro that all our children are the same and should be the same priority and opportunity,” said Kathambi.

On the recently released Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education results, she commended regional heads and parents for the continued success in schools.

The first time Lawmaker maintained that her legacy is to see transformed society through infrastructure and education and called on locals to shun divisive politics.

“Quality education is an invaluable investment. We endeavour to bequeath to our future generations” she said.

It should be noted that several schools in Njoro have seen infrastructural transformation under the leadership of the current lawmaker.

In January this year, National Director NG-CDF George Ole Meshuko lauded the Njoro Constituency for the model classes set up and the effort put towards the education sector.

He challenged the NG-CDF team in various constituencies to ensure the best utilization of the funds towards transformation.

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