Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has promised to address staffing, infrastructure and equipment challenges facing Busia County Referral Hospital.
The Governor who made an impromptu tour of the health institution said the problems facing the hospital should be confronted by the County Government and other players.
He later flagged off hospital equipment including beds, microscopes and autoclave machines worth Sh11million to sub county hospitals across the county.
The Governor started the tour by visiting the Busia ( Regional) County Referral Hospital Laboratory where the Lab Manager Frida Sirima took the County CEO on the operations of the facility.
County Director of Health Dr Melsa Lutomia was put to task to explain why the National Hospital Insurance Fund Building had stalled. Health Executive Phaustine Barasa said the building which was financed through Constituency Development Fund requires Sh7m to complete.
At the mortuary, the Governor said the bodies were well preserved but packed. The morgue with a capacity of 12 had 41 bodies. “My Government will construct a modern mortuary with a chapel,” he said.
The Governor said there was need to register with the hospital insurance fund to save patients the agony of digging deeper into their pockets.
“In honour of my mother , we as family members will contribute towards the construction of Elizabeth Ojaamong Memorial Ward with a bed capacity of 40,” he said.
An Intern nurse Diana Pasapasa said she had only one day before her contract ends and wondered how only five nurses can handle the entire ward. Nominated MCA Cynthia Mutere urged the Governor to renew contracts for intern nurses and clinical officers.
The Governor promised to address the issue of intern clinical officers in having them paid their stipends before the end of next week.
CEC Member for Health Phaustine Barasa said the Maternity and Newborn Unit will be put as a priority project, adding that the progress report on the Emergency and ICU unit will be out in two weeks.
County Assembly Speaker Bernard Wamalwa urged county residents to embrace bed rests in hospitals even when they are not sick to improve the health sector, adding that every MCA has set aside funds from the Wards kitty to purchase at least five beds to help equip hospitals.