Residents of Mandera County will now enjoy better health care services including maternity, if newly made promises by Governor Ali Roba are anything to go by.
All Sub-County hospitals will upgraded and turned into fully-fledged level four hospitals with the requisite amenities befitting that level status.
The Mandera Country Referral Hospital will be upgraded further and turned into a fully-fledged level 5 hospital.
According to the Governor, the number of health facilities in the county has more than tripled, while that of health workers increased from 154 to 864. “Specifically the number of nurses increased from 48 to 340, Doctors from 1 to 38,” he said.
Speaking while addressing the opening of Mandera County Assembly, Roba said his government will see to it that more staff are recruited, drugs supplies increased and number ambulances doubled.
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This will help the county in achieving universal healthcare, a key pillar in President Uhuru’s Big 4 Agenda.
This comes even as nurses from 11 counties called off their two-week strike, after the union Secretary General Seth Panyako presented himself in court over contempt.
On February 13, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered all nurses to return to work or face dismissal by the county government and the Health ministry.