The National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee has lauded Busia County Government for putting the leased medical equipment at the Busia County Referral and Kocholia Sub County hospitals into proper use.
The PAC team led by Kerio South MP David Rono toured Busia County on Thursday to inspect the installed equipment at the two health facilities. Also in the entourage included Busia Women representative Florence Mutua and Moyale MP Hon. Qalicha.
Flanked by Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi who is also the acting County Executive Committee Member for Health and Sanitation, the PAC team toured BCRH’s Radiology, Theatre and Renal Units.
At the Radiology Department the team witnessed through a transparent window a woman undergoing Chest X-Ray with results availed within seconds from the Reading Room.
The in charge of the Department told the PAC team the department needs two additional radiologists from the current five to reduce waiting time for those seeking X-Ray services.
The department which is leading in revenue collection with an average of Sh695,000 monthly collections also needs a CT Scan and MRI equipment. Mutua said she will push for the acquisition of the two equipment at the soonest time possible.
The theatre department reported staff shortage as the facility is overwhelmed due to influx of patients from Uganda and neighbouring counties seeking for specialized treatment.
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi said the hospital is in dire need of CT Scan to reduce referral cases, adding that BCRH is overwhelmed by influx of patients from Uganda, thus the need for specialized equipment.
Mulomi also urged the team to support the County government to decongest Busia and Malaba Border towns by creating bypasses and parking for trucks carrying inflammable substances.
The DG later led the team in the tour of Kocholia Sub County Hospital in Teso North to inspect similar equipment before the PAC team left for Bungoma to inspect similar facilities.