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Gov Lee Kinyanjui Say Has Helped Counties Rescue Health Sector Which Had Been On It’s Knees For Years.

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Gov Lee Kinyanjui Say Has Helped Counties Rescue Health Sector Which Had Been On It's Knees For Years.

The Covid-19 pandemic which has wrecked havoc in various sectors in the country has been termed as a blessing in disguise for the health sector.

According to Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, the pandemic has helped counties address and improve the capacity of the health sector which had been on its knees for years.

With the confirmed cases dropping by the day, Kinyanjui noted that counties had increased their bed capacity, acquired new health equipment and employed more personnel.

“The pandemic was a wakeup call and in Nakuru we have increased our bed capacity to 300, created more in the ICU and hired extra personnel,” he said.

He at the same challenged the national government to open up other sectors so that Kenyans could continue with their business.

“The economy is hurting and it’s time that people return back to places of work as we have managed to contain the pandemic,” he said.

Kinyanjui was speaking after visiting the Sh300m Naivasha outpatient hospital which is under construction by Kengen.

He praised the power generation company and the contractor for being on schedule despite the challenges posed by the pandemic which had delayed works in other sectors.

“This hospital when complete will go a long way in assisting hundreds of sick persons and we thank the President for issuing the directive for its construction,” he said.

On his part, Kengen Geothermal development director Engineer Abel Rotich said that the facility would be completed four months ahead of the planned schedule.

He noted that Kengen had contributed Sh300m, the county government Sh30m towards the ongoing works while the Ministry of Health would equip the ultra-modern facility.

“The project was originally meant to be completed in October 2021 but due to diligent work from the contractor it shall be ready by June,” he said.

He added that Kengen was keen to support neighboring communities terming the hospital as one of the capital projects they were currently undertaking.

“This hospital will not only support area residents but patients from neighboring counties like Narok, Kiambu and Nyandarua,” he said.

Viwandani MCA Eric Gichuki was full of praise for the outpatient wing hospital noting that its success was due to the joint partnership between the county and Kengen.

“For years we have experienced congestion at the Naivasha sub-county hospital but under this partnership the issue of health for area residents will be fully addressed,” he said.

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