Rumuruti Hospital Facelift To Benefit Laikipia West


Residents of Rumuruti Sub-County are set to reap the gains of a revamped health facility upgrade as the county government accelerates the upgrade of Rumuruti Sub-County Hospital.


Governor Joshua Irungu, on his second assessment tour in early October, pledged to complete stalled projects and initiate new ones.


The projects will see the full equipping of the x-ray block, which has stalled for a long time. The X-ray block will serve chest and orthopedic patients in the region who have previously been referred to Nyahururu County Referral Hospital.


The completion and equipping of the theatre with an ultrasound machine is expected to coincide with this project.


The hospital is also set to greatly improve its lab work with the acquisition of an array of equipment and a reliable supply of lab reagents for better service availability. These include equipment for processing TB Sputum and fully automated biochemistry machines for processing renal and liver function tests.


The equipment will also benefit diabetes patients in the region from the processing of three-monthly sugar levels. This will in particular impact patients whose samples are referred from Melwa. Mutara. Thome, Mouwarak, Sosian, Nakwang, and Lonyek.


The project will also see the competition of the male ward, which has partial partnership support. Other projects currently underway include the construction of a septic tank to meet the sanitation needs of the hospital.


Plans to restore financial independence will also be expedited to ensure uninterrupted service delivery in areas such as pharmacy, laboratory, and general maintenance, which have been hard hit by constrained cash flows.


These efforts are aimed at increasing the hospital's revenue generation from 12 million shillings to 50 million shillings in one year from insurance payments, with all of this expected to be ploughed back into hospital operations.


With the hospital having its own master plan, this will be its guide of helping it realize its vision of becoming a multi-specialty and super-specialty healthcare provider in the future.

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