State to inject Sh1.2 billion in stalled health facility

Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

The national government will pump Sh1.2 billion into the stalled Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital.

President William Ruto said the money would complete and equip the 750-bed capacity facility.

The project stalled after the contractor, China Railway Jiangsu Engineering (East Africa), abandoned the site in February 2020 over unpaid dues.

Speaking during a thanksgiving service at the Anglican Church of Kenya Maseno North Diocese in Kakamega on Sunday, June 18, Ruto termed the hospital a game changer in healthcare in the region.

The stalled Kakamega Teaching and Referral Hospital. [Benjamin Sakwa, Standard]

“Governor Fernandes Barasa has reached out for support to complete the hospital, I have challenged him to look for Sh300 million, and I will top up with another Sh200 million from the supplementary budget in October this year for the completion of civil works,” said the president.

“I will look for another Sh1 billion next year for the equipping of the facility because I want it to be operationalised to ease congestion at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret,” he added.

Ruto urged Kakamega MCAs to pass the county budget estimate for the financial year 2023/2024, which has factored allocation for the facility.

Mr Barasa has embarked on the completion of stalled flagship projects that were started by his predecessor Wycliffe Oparanya.

“The hospital project has consumed billions of taxpayers’ money, but we are in talks with the Apollo Hospital in India to fast-track the works because the county cannot raise the Sh2.5 billion required to complete Phase One," he said.