By Brighton Makori
Nyamira 5 November 2020 ………………Nyamira county government has launched Infectious Diseases Centre as one way of strengthening Universal Health Care service delivery besides tackling covid19.
This comes amid allocation of a sh. 300million grant from World Bank to the county government after excelling nationally in Universal Health Care service delivery.
Construction of the 160 bed capacity, ultra modern facility, was witnessed by area residents and representatives of the two levels of government, at Nyamira Referral Hospital.
Speaking during the launch,governor John Nyagarama disclosed the centre will be ready for use within four months and will be the only facility also serving neighborhood
Nyagarama described the centre as an invaluable asset towards fighting coronavirus which he revealed continued to claim the dead toll with several others undergoing hospitalization in the county.
“The new facility which will be a 160-bed capacity infectious disease centre will not only help strengthen our fight against Covid-19 but also will be of use for posterity against other infectious diseases”
The county Boss also noted that Since 2013, his administration has made great strides in various areas of the health sector which include the upgrade of the Nyamira County Referral Hospital to a fully-fledged referral facility.
County commissioner, Amos Mariba said the centre was co-funded by the National and county governments where the former gave sh. 59 million.
He explained the national government was in the process of supporting the health care services by revamping and equipping Ekerenyo and Keroka sub county hospitals.
The commissioner announced a crackdown soon on those who flouted covid19 protocols leading to 84 cases being confirmed in the county.
Mariba reminded residents that they should be prepared to seek medication in the local health facilities as opposed to up country referrals if infected with the coronavirus.