Kitui County referral hospital receives first Oxygen plant

Governor Ngilu said the plant is a boost to the health sector in the region.

In Summary

•The plant, which is EU Area Certified, was selected for its ease of use, minimal maintenance requirements and high reliability.

•He said his organization, Climate Investor One and Two, enjoyed the support of the local and State government in achieving the installation.

The team from Climate Fund Managers and Epicenter Africa Engineering.
The team from Climate Fund Managers and Epicenter Africa Engineering.
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Kitui County referral hospital has received the first oxygen plant.

The project, which cost Sh23,760,000 (USD 200,000) was funded through the State in collaboration with Climate Fund Managers and Epicentre Africa Engineering, a local development partner.

Speaking on Tuesday evening, Governor Charity Ngilu said the plant is a boost to the health sector in the region.

"It will make a difference to the clinical outcomes achieved for the residents of Kitui, who, because of the pandemic, have become seriously ill and also during any future medical crises," she added.

The plant, which is EU Area Certified, was selected for its ease of use, minimal maintenance requirements and high reliability.

The plant operating staff was trained by Pulse Medical under the project management of Epicenter Africa, earlier in the month.

The AS-J-600HM plant installation will now provide a new chapter in which the hospital will be able to generate 300 litres per minute of oxygen.

This will help reduce the over-reliance on oxygen tanks.

It will also ensure that Covid-19 patients get care in their home county instead of being transferred to Nairobi for oxygen supplements.

Climate Fund Managers CEO Andrew Johnstone lauded the Kenyan Government for its leadership during the pandemic period.

He said his organization, Climate Investor One and Two, enjoyed the support of the local and State government in achieving the installation.

"We applaud the leadership shown by the Kenyan Government during an exceedingly difficult Covid period as well as the proactive action of Kitui County. We are proud to consider ourselves a partner of both."

At the same time, Epicentre Africa Engineering CEO Mary Njue expressed hopes that with the help of the investors and the County Government, they will achieve health solutions.

"Epicentre Africa Engineering has been deeply concerned about the effects of the pandemic on the local community in Kitui. We are grateful to have this opportunity to help lessen its negative impact," she added.

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