- Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has vowed to make the region a model county in the provision of quality and affordable healthcare to poor households.
- The governor has embarked on renovating and equipping health facilities of all categories in the county as well as recruitment of more medical staff to ease shortages.
- She has deployed a team of new 35 specialized medical staff to various hospitals in the county.
The Kitui Governor, also a former Health minister in the Kibaki administration, said she understands what needs to be done to turn around the ailing health sector in the counties.
“I am committed to improving all public health centers in Kitui to state-of-the-art standards which everyone would prefer visiting for medical services” the Governor said.
Mrs. Ngilu said this will ease the congestion which referral hospitals are facing as patients from remote areas like Nuu or Ikutha wards will no longer require to travel as they will get the services they need at their nearby facilities.
The governor spoke when she deployed a team of new 35 specialized medical staff to various hospitals in the county that comprised of 27 doctors and eight pharmacists. The team was seen off during a ceremony at the Kitui Level Four Hospital grounds, which was seconded by the Ministry of Health to ease staff shortage.
Mrs. Ngilu said the additional 35 medical staff sent to Kitui were a major boost to the region’s health sector that received an allocation of 60 nurses two months ago after she became governor.
The governor assured the medical staff of her support in realizing a better environment for service provision in the hospitals, saying that her leadership will set pace in providing solutions to possible setbacks encountered in the facilities.
“My office is open for you, my phone number is available when needed,” she said as expression of her willingness to face the challenges doctors face in course of duty.
The governor applauded all stakeholders whose contribution and dialogue has led to an end of the nurses’ strike that resulted to loss of lives countrywide.