(A view of one of the ICU sections at Lifecare Hospital in Bungoma. PHOTO/COURTESY).
The other time, we ran a story on the state of ICU sections in Bungoma. In our research, we established that the Bungoma County has a total of 30 operational ICU beds with 27 of them at LifeCare Hospital.
Our visit to the facility established that indeed, the facility has 27 beds categorized into three:
1. Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU)
This unit provides care for newborn infants. In this era when the Jubilee Government is determined with all sweat to achieve zero maternal deaths, the NICU plays a vital role to ensure that the little angels born under critical conditions are given all the support and comfort to enjoy full life just like anyone else.
The NICU therefore provides intense care to such children who need close monitoring as they gain full health. LifeCare Hospital has seven (7) of such beds, making it the only facility with fully equipped and operational NICU across the county.
2. Surgical Intensive Care Units (SICU)
This is a unit which provide care for other surgical patients who have just come from surgeries and need to be monitored in ICU before being taken to wards for recoveries. There are nine (9) fully-equipped and operational SICU beds at LifeCare Hospital.
3. Medical Intensive Care Units (MICU)
The Medical Intensive Care unite which provides care for patients who are critically ill and require maximum close monitoring in the ICU. There are eleven (11) MICU beds at the facility, making LifeCare the biggest hospital in the region with such a capacity.
In addition to that, the facility has a highly qualified and experienced staff with a full-time lead intensivist and nurses who are always on guard.
The availability of such ICU equipment at LifeCare has come as a blessing to residents who could travel long distances to facilities bigger towns for such services which is a risk as many patients could diminish on the way.
The advantage of having ICU facilities within a particular locality is that it reduces the time spent on the way while looking for such medical interventions. Te further the ICU facility, the riskier it is for the patient.
According to the hospital, patients can still be allowed to pay using medical covers in case they don’t have tangible cash.
For more inquiries, you can reach out to the hospital via 0775 825 478 OR 0789 357 796