Bungoma county gov’t splashes Millions to improve services in health department


Plans are at the top gear for Bungoma County government to purchase a casualty equipment at a tune of Sh13 million.
This will only be realized through a supplementary budget which will also see the improvement of the health department in the county through building a commodity store at the cost of Sh5 million and revamping of Bungoma County Referral Hospital and the Webuye County hospital mortuaries at a tune of Sh 10 million.
Health and Sanitation Chief Officer Patrick Wandili attributed the improved health care to good funds management which has improved tremendously in the last one year.
“Since governor Wycliffe Wangamati started enforcing austerity measures we have seen the increased cash flow at Bungoma county referral hospital, cash collected in the financial year 2016/17 was Sh185 million, 2017/18 it increased to Sh235 million, they managed to collect Sh296 million in 2018/19 while by the end of October 2019 they had collected 158 million,” said Wandili.
Addressing the press in his office on Monday December 2, Wandili stated that the county government is in the process of installing the Ctscan and MRI machines which will help residents a great deal by reducing expenses of seeking those services elsewhere.
He said that ground breaking for the Ctscan will be done this month so that they are able to offer services at a friendly price.
“The process of installing the HDU and ICU machines are on the top gear, once they are installed we will be qualified to be gazetted into a level five hospital, this will help Bungoma County to qualify for funds ranging from Sh300 to 400 million per year from the national government for improvement of services.
Wandili pointed out currently Bungoma County has only two theaters at Bungoma county referral hospital and next year they will have installed three others from one of the donors.
“We are also finalizing plans to install the Oxygen plant, this will have a huge impact to area residents, Assessment has been done and we are only waiting for a green light to have one here,” said the Chief Officer.
He stated that the Oxygen plant to be installed in Bungoma will be the third largest after the one at Mama Lucy hospital in Nairobi and the one at Siaya hospital.
Wandili stated that plans are at advanced stage to also install a cancer centre and a momarandum of understanding has already been signed with Cancer International Centre in Eldoret.
“We are also carrying out a serious face lifting of health facilities, including Bungoma County Referral Hospital, Sirisia, Cheptais, Mt Elgon sub county hospitals and Bokoli health centre, we want to see them looking attractive so that we offer good services,” he said.
He said that the Physiotherapy machine they have been looking for the last 20 year has been acquired at a tune of Sh4 million and they have also acquired Dental machine at a tune of Sh6 million.

Bungoma county health and sanitation Chief Officer Patrick Wandili. Photo/Oti Oteba/Newsflash.