Kidero apologises to Nairobians for poor services
Nairobi governor Dr Evans Kidero has finally broken his silence and addressed the concerns of city dwellers regarding the quality of services delivery by the county government.
In a Facebook post, Dr Kidero for the first time admitted the shortcomings of his county administration and apologized to city residents for his county government’s failures while at the same time highlighting some of the gains in the health sector.
Below is Kidero’s message to Nairobians in full:
I understand Nairobi Residents’ frustrations that the changes I promised during campaigns haven’t been fully realized in all areas. I found a mess worth over 20 years which I continue to ensure is cleaned up everyday.
I want to highlight to you Nairobians some of the gains that have been made since my government came into being over two years ago. Today I start off with the health sector; I will mention several health installations that have undergone substantial changes.
In Mbagathi hospital I recently launched a new 120 bed maternity wing and provided 20 incubators. The hospital has a fully functional Ambulance.
NCCG continues to rehabilitate and improve Pumwani Hospital located in Eastleigh. Recently the first lady. H.E Margaret Kenyatta donated 10 respiratory incubators to be used by mothers who delivery in the hospital. We also offer free services. An extra theatre has also been added to the facility. The hospital has two ambulances. We have since rehabilitated and equipped a third theater and the HDU unit has also been rehabilitated and equipped. A borehole to ensure constant supply of water has also been drilled.
In 2014/2015 the NCCG set aside huge amounts for further infrastructural improvement and better service offering in maternal neonatal and child health services. I have also been negotiating with financiers to invest Sh 1.2billion to make Pumwani a better facility for service delivery, training and research.
In Mutuini Hospital in Dagoretti North an Ambulance is on standby. An existing building within the hospital was converted into a Maternity wing for continued provision of maternal neonatal health services for the are residents. A Masterplan is in place for possible public private partnership and expansion.
STAFFING OF DOCTORS
At Mama Lucy Hospital we continue to improve staffing of doctors and nurses to ensure efficiency and professionalism. Monies have been set aside for completion of ongoing construction within the facility.
Ngara (providing Maternity services), Karen, Dandora, Riruta and Mathare North health services have been converted into 24 hour facilities. Plans are underway for the conversation of Embakasi and Mukuru Kwa Njenga health facilities.
The City Mortuary, a leading County funeral installation that offers funeral and coronary services has to-date been fitted with 10 cooling units and cold rooms. We have since installed world class electrical systems to offer back up and constant electrical supply to the facility.
When I became governor, drug supplies was wanting in many of our hospitals, but I can now say with pride that this is no longer the case as a substantial amount of money has been paid upfront to the Kenya Medical Supplies (KEMSA) to ensure no County health facility is starved medicine.
Partnerships are key and it is in this regard that the Standard Chartered bank through its “seeing is believing” umbrella, sponsored an eye clinic in Mathare. We will be doing this annually in other sub Counties this year.
I urge you, Nairobi residents, to be patient with us; I am sorry that sometimes you feel enough is not being done to deliver services to you but I can assure you that my team and I are working round the clock to ensure we get there; A journey of a thousand miles surely starts with one step. Let us all work together towards a #BetterCityBetterLife.