The Kisii Level 5 Hospital (KL5H) has received a boast after the donation of a dialysis machine worthy Ksh 1.5 million from the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).
The machine which has a capacity handling four patients per day will help a lot patients from the region who are referred to the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.
Commissioning the machine, KCB Managing Director Samuel Makome noted the bank has the interest of the Kisii County residents at heart adding that healthy people are productive.
Makome, accompanied by Kisii County Governor James Ongwae, his Deputy Joash Maangi, KCB Western Region Business Manager Susan Koech, Kisii branch manager John Momanyi, Kisii County Medical Director Dr Geoffrey Otomu, and the hospital’s Medical Superintendent Dr Enock Ondari said the bank was keen in supporting county governments with equipment to enhance quality health care services and programmes.
He observed that the KL5H was the first facility to benefit from the programe and that the bank looks forward to supporting locals.
Ongwae noted that Kisii County tops in diabetes and hypertension which causes kidney failure adding that the machine will reduce expenses incurred in taking the patients to referral hospitals.
He regretted that the hospital which started in 1917 by the colonial government has no crucial equipment like CT-Scan , Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), ICU facilities and orthopedic surgery machines and that it is operating with analogue machines.
The governor said, in the next three years, the County government will secure 5 dialysis machines to the hospital which serves Kisii, Nyamira, Narok, Homabay and Migori counties with a population of over 6 million people.
He thanked the bank for the support saying the hospital will be elevated to the Level 6 teaching and referral hospital affliated to the Kisii University.
Dr Otomu said the machine will start working next week and that the hospital has 8 trained staff to handle renal patients.
The Dr said they refer about 8 patients per month to KNH saying the cost of treatment will be subsided to enable poor patients access the services.