The Ksh. 6 billion Kakamega County Referral and Teaching Hospital will be used to handle Covid-19 cases.
Governor Wycliffe Oparanya while inspecting the on-going construction works at the hospital said the fourth floor which is almost complete will have isolation center and ICU wards.
“We are committed to ensure the floor is completed quickly to serve as Covid-19 isolation and ICU ward. We will have 100 beds for isolation wards and 10 beds for ICU. This will complement the wards at the County General Hospital, Mumias Level 4 Hospital and in Likuyani Sub County Hospital,” said Oparanya.
He said the County Government is in the process of procuring necessary equipment for the facility to ensure it complies with the set standards to handle Covid-19.
He noted that already Ksh. 2.5 billion has been spent on the hospital which is supposed to have 750 bed capacity once it is completed later this year.
“We will borrow Ksh. 2 billion to make sure that phase two and three are completed in the next two years so that when my term expires the hospital will be complete,” he said.
With a Doctors’ Plaza, the hospital expected to hire 3,000 healthcare workers and 2,000 subordinate staff will offer specialized medical services including cancer, kidney dialysis, diabetes among others.
“We will have an exchange programme with doctors from India who will be visiting the hospital to offer consultancy services and also treat our people. This will reduce the cost of medication to our people because they will not be travelling to India or any other countries for such medical attention,” he said.
Once completed the hospital will serve the region and neighboring countries easy workload on the region’s Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital based in Eldoret.