Embu hospitals strained as patients from Kirinyaga flock

Embu Health CEC Dr Joan Mwende. [Joseph Muchiri, Standard]

Embu County is overwhelmed by an influx of patients to its main health facility following a strike by health workers in neighbouring Kirinyaga County.

Health Executive Joan Mwende said the Embu Level Five Teaching and Referral Hospital was swamped and this was affecting medicine stocks, which she said were 'shrinking fast'.

Dr Mwende asked for assistance from the national government and other stakeholders to help manage the patients flocking to the health facility.

“Our county hospitals are open to all patients, including those from other counties. But I appeal to the patients to seek treatment at our other facilities and not just the Level Five hospital so as to reduce congestion."

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The Executive was speaking at Siakago Level Four Hospital in Mbeere North while receiving maternity ward equipment worth Sh765,000, which was donated by Safaricom Foundation.

Mwende said the Level Three and Four health facilities were equally well equipped to offer good services. She noted that the task of improving services in hospitals should not be left to the government alone and encouraged other concerned parties to intervene.

From Embu’s budget of Sh6.6 billion, the health sector received the lion’s share with an allocation of Sh2 billion.

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Safaricom Foundation project champion Trinta Muriuki said the foundation was out to transform lives by providing help to needy cases.

Medical workers in Kirinyaga have paralysed health services in the county since May over poor working conditions.

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