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Governor Johnson Sakaja launches ICU facility at Mama Lucy hospital

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has launched an first intensive care unit (ICU) facility at the Mama Lucy Kibaki hospital. This is the first facility of its kind at a county hospital.

Speaking at the launch on March 8, 2023, the governor said the facility will reduce congestion at the Kenyatta National Hospital since the patients from the county will be attended to at Mama Lucy.

Also present was Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumincha and Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki.

The governor also launched the second Renal Unit for dialysis, a playground for child patients and the first fully-fledged Blood Bank in the county health facility.

“There is no ICU bed in all of the Nairobi County health facilities. Today, I am proud to open the special clinics unit, which has a state-of-the-art 4-Bed ICU and a 3-bed Renal Unit. This ICU is the first of 4 that we envision opening across the County, in the other level five hospitals,” the governor said.

Regarding the one that had been launched by the defunct Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) at the Mbagathi Hospital, the governor’s office said that it is not operating, hence the need to have a working facility for the residents.

The Governor also said that his administration will revamp the Mbagathi facility soon to get it rolling. The Mbagathi facility was crucial during the surge in Covid-19 cases between 2020 and 2021

According to the Governor, the Mama Lucy Kibaki facility will be improved to 28-bed capacity to meet the high demand.

The Health CS said the national government is supporting the work being done by the county governments to improve health services, and promised to boost Sakaja’s plans.

She said that now that the Mama Lucy Kibaki ICU is running, patients who have been referred to Kenyatta National Hospital will now be accessing services in the county.

“Those people who were being referred to Kenyatta National Hospital for dialysis will now be carrying it out here. We are going to scale up your ICU. I want to commit on behalf of the national government that I’m matching basis, that we will also do another four,” CS Nakhumincha said.

The CS also said that her ministry is working around the clock to end the issue of bed sharing in hospitals, which was established to be the case at the Mama Lucy Kibaki Facility.

The governor was lauded by the CS for supporting Universal health coverage (UHC) in his county and assured her that the government will take care of healthcare financing.

The CS also said that soon, illegal pharmacies and health facilities will be shut down as the government plans to roll out digital identification cards for Kenyans.

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