EXPANSION PLANS

Bungoma referral hospital to be upgraded to Level 5 status

The administration is installing HDU and ICU machines in preparation for gazettement

In Summary

• Health chief officer Patrick Wandili said the department has already ordered for several machines and equipment to realise the goal.

• New structures will also be set up as part of expansion plans, Wandili told the Star in his office. 

Bungoma chief officer for Health Patrick wandili in his office
Bungoma chief officer for Health Patrick wandili in his office
Image: JOHN NALIANYA

The Bungoma government is planning to upgrade its county referral hospital to a Level 5 facility,  Health chief officer Patrick Wandili has said.

Wandili said the department has already ordered for several machines and equipment to realise the goal.

New structures will also be set up as part of expansion plans, Wandili told the Star in his office. 

 

The county government is installing CT scan and MRI machines to help reduce expenses incurred by residents seeking those services as far as Eldoret.

“The process of installing the HDU and ICU machines are on the top gear, once they are installed we will be qualified to be gazetted into a Level 5 hospital,” he said. 

The chief officer said that there are only two theatres at Bungoma County Referral Hospital, but they are working to instal three others by next year.

“We are also finalising plans to install an oxygen plant.  This will have a huge impact on area residents,” the chief officer said.

He said that plans are at an advanced stage to also install a cancer centre. A memorandum of understanding has been signed with Cancer International Centre in Eldoret.

“We are also carrying out a facelift of health facilities, including Sirisia, Cheptais, Mt Elgon subcounty hospitals and Bokoli health centre. We want to see them looking attractive so that we offer good services,” he said.

He said that the county has acquired a  physiotherapy machine at Sh4 million and a dental machine at Sh6 million.

He said the cash flow at Bungoma county referral hospital has improved yearly. 

The hospital collected  Sh185 million in 2016-17.  It increased to Sh235 million the following year and it collected Sh296 million in 2018-19.