Tom Mboya health centre in Trans Nzoia county to get a Ksh.185m upgrade

Trans Nzoia county health executive Clare Wanyama said the upgrading of Tom Mboya health centre to the next level as part of the county government’s plan to decongest Kitale county referral hospital

By David Musundi in Kitale

Plans to have a health centre in Trans Nzoia west sub-county county upgraded to Level Four hospital are at an advanced stage. Trans Nzoia county health executive Clare Wanyama said Tom Mboya Health Centre situated right in the slums of Tuwan will be rehabilitated at a cost KSh. 185 million to enable the facility to provide maternal and pediatric health services.

The CEC said the World Bank and the Kenya Devolution Support Programme (KDSP) had partnered in financing and providing capacity building to have the KSh20 billion ($200 million) elevated to a level four hospital.

She said the project will be implemented in two phases, adding that the upgrade of the hospital will be implemented in two phases to help improve the health of both the mothers and their newborn babies.

The CEC noted that the county government had okayed the phase lift at the facility in tandem with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda geared towards providing maternal, neonatal and child health services.

She said the upgrading of Tom Mboya health centre to the next level as part of the county government’s plan to decongest Kitale county referral hospital. “Instead of patients congested at the Kitale county hospital, we decided to upgrade this one as one way of bringing services close to mwananchi. Here we will be offering standard services that are only found in referral facilities”, she said.

She said an aqua facility will also be put up at the Tom Mboya level four hospital to help in live births which have been minimal. “I want to assure our people that as a government we are committed to ensuring that we undo their burden in matters of delivery of the newborns in a more comfortable way possible”, the CEC said.

She said Trans Nzoia County recorded 236 stillbirths in the last financial year. She urged mothers to make use of health facilities during deliveries, saying the county recorded 32.3 per cent deliveries last year in the hands of unskilled birth attendants. A resident, Brian Khisa asked the government to provide stipends to parents and guardians of teenage mothers drawn from the five sub-counties of Trans Nzoia to enable teen mothers to go back to school.

He said the more than 10,965 pregnancies of the 10 to 19 years reported had put the county in bad books and challenged education stakeholders to find possible ways of ending the vice. ” This facility is going to change Tom Mboya and its environs including Matisi where women give birth at home. We salute the government for this and plead that another facility is put up at Matisi”, he said.

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