The artistic impression of the new building. GRAPHICS/GPS.
Residents of Bungoma County could have something to smile about after the county launched the construction of a new 300-bed capacity maternity wing at the County Referral Hospital.
Governor Wycliffe Wangamati, through his Deputy Professor Charles Ngome on Tuesday rolled out the construction of the Sh213 million project that is aimed at deconjesting the current maternity wing which has a paltry 216 beds and 38 beds at the paediatrics section.
Records seen by Wakajuanes.Com project that the current buildings hosting the Bungoma Referral Hospital built by Pascal Nabwana sixty-seven years ago handles close to 700 birthcases in a month.
According to Governor Wangamati, the new facility is aimed at affording mothers airy space while nursing their pregnancy and their babies.
“With this facility, we have sorted the issue of space especially for our mothers,” Governor Wangamati wasquoted by the Governor’s Press Service, adding that the extra space that will be created at the old facility will help address the challenge of congestion.
Today, the Deputy Governor Prof Kibanani Ngome, representing the Governor, handed over a site of the complex to a contractor.
The facility is a 5-story building served with two lifts. It will host three theatres, a pediatric ward, an antenatal clinic, doctor’s consultation rooms and administrative offices.
According CEC Health Antony Walela, the complex is earmarked to be complete in 18 months.
Dr Walela said the provision of quality healthcare in the County is limited three critical factors: (1) Personnel, (2) Infrastructure and (3) Drugs.
“With the new structure, we hope to create more space to enable us even have specialist personnel on board,” Dr Walela said.
On Tuesday, the Department of Health officially handed over a site for construction of yet another maternity block in Sirisia sub county hospital.
The new maternity wing is a 100-bed capacity facility. Currently, Sirisia Sub-County Hospital has a 31 bed capacity.
A functional theatre, with a maternal and child health (MCH) section are some of the additional works to be done at the Sirisia hospital.
The project is estimated to be complete in 52 weeks (1 year).
Among those present during today’s ground-breaking ceremony include area MP Wafula Wamunyinyi, CECM for Health Dr. Anthony Walela, his Chief Officer Patrick Wandili and members of the fourth estate.
Additional report courtesy of GPS.