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Photo: Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong listens to nurses grievances when he toured the female ward at Busia County Referral Hospital on Thursday.

Busia Governor to address challenges facing County Referral Hospital

Busia Governors addressing the press after inspecting Busia County Referral Hospital mortuary on Thursday.

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.

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