Isiolo makes great stride under UHC

Isiolo has achieved 105 per cent registration of residents under Universal Health Care (UHC) pilot programme.

As of June 30, the Department of Medical Services had registered 202,524 people against the initial target of 191,693 last January.

The department’s chief officer Ibrahim Alio attributed the good numbers to the construction of seven new Level Two health facilities and seven more that are in the pipeline.

“Before the pilot project, we had gaps in every department of the health sector but six months down the line, we have managed to considerably reduce the trend,” said Mr Alio.

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The official said through UHC, they were able to set up either new physical facilities or renovate and expand the old ones.

Isiolo Referral Hospital, a Level Four facility, now boasts of a modern laboratory opened by Governor Mohamed Kuti in May.

It also has a renal unit that is working at full capacity, and operational CT-scan, radiology and x-ray machines and theatre. Garba-Tula and Merti hospitals also have theatres.

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Isiolo Level Four hospital has an oxygen plant. Previously the facility relied on Meru for the same.

Renovated and expanded

The medical department has renovated and expanded the mental and psychiatric unit, eye, dental and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) units. The old mortuary has also been modernised.

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“Due to these infrastructural developments, we have been able to improve our services to the residents who seek treatment at any of our facilities,” said Alio.

Maternity and laboratory services have also improved.

“The government hospital previously had a bad image due to lack of drugs and diagnosis equipment, but today we are actually overwhelmed by the high number of patients turning up to seek services,’’ he observed.

Records indicate that the number of patients turning up for treatment at Isiolo Referral Hospital has risen by an average 200 per cent, while at dispensaries the lowest increase stands at 40 per cent.

‘‘I resolved to seek treatment here because I can get all the medical tests my family requires. Tests in private clinics are very expensive,’’ Jamal Yussuf told Saturday Standard at the facility.

The county has also employed an additional 85 nurses to complement the existing 225. There are additional 11 laboratory technologists, one physician, and two radiologists and a gynecologist.

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