State of Makueni Healthcare
The Government of Makueni County has so far constructed a 120 bed capacity Mother and Child Hospital, rehabilitated and operationalized 53 stalled dispensaries, built 9 maternity blocks and 16 staff houses, operationalized 30 laboratories and constructed 10 theatres and a trauma center. 63 new model dispensaries are in various levels of completion. In over four years we will have operationalized 116 dispensaries as opposed to the 109 which were built since independence 54 years ago. We have purchased 16 ambulances which have gone a long way in bringing health services closer to our people. Community Health Volunteers have also been provided with motor cycles to assist them in their work.
Specialist Doctors have increased from 7 in 2013 to 12 in 2017; Medical Officers have increased from 36 in 2013 to 61 in 2017; Nurses have increased from 440 in 2013 to 663 in 2017; Dentists have increased from 3 in 2013 to 9 in 2017; and Pharmacists have increased from 9 in 2013 to 12 in 2017. 22 pharmaceutical technologists and 13 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) have also been recruited to enhance service delivery in the health sector.
The operationalization of the Universal Health Care programme from the 1st October 2016 is a first for counties in Kenya. The President of the Republic of Kenya, the World Bank and the Danish and Japanese governments have congratulated Makueni for this and are committed to supporting the enhancement of the programme. This programme is now enabling thousands of our people to access health services such as: laboratory services, x-ray services, cancer screening, medical drugs, nutrition services, ambulances services within our referrals, counseling, rehabilitation and family planning services.