Lamu County Government has hired 92 new medical personnel in it’s continued efforts to improve health service delivery in the face of Covid-19.
The new lot consists of Nurses, Clinical officers, Pharmacists, Radiographers, Nurses, Pharmacists, Laboratory technologists and Community health workers, under the Universal Health Care, (UHC) Program, bringing the total number of those hired to 150.
Speaking when he presided over their induction ceremony at the County Headquarters in Mokowe, Governor Fahim Twaha welcomed the new team aboard, calling the hiring a timely move, which comes on the heels of an overstretched medical department due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a matter of priority, and the new personnel will be posted to health facilities across the county with immediate effect,”said Governor Fahim.
The Governor reiterated on his government’s immediate and long-term commitment on healthcare, citing the heavy capital investment on health infrastructure as central to his agenda.
“Health is capital intensive, over Sh. 700million has consistently gone to health sector in the previous and in this Financial Year. In the immediate strategy, this approach is helping us procure ICU equipments for both Mpeketoni and King Fahd hospitals, ” said Governor Fahim.
“In the medium-term plan, it will support our plans to start upgrading Mpeketoni and King Fahd Hospitals to level 5 status, before 2022,” added the Governor.
He said his government is committed to the fight against Covid-19 and has been actively procuring additional healthcare equipment to help protect its frontline workers and the Lamu public.
Earlier this month, a consignment of 10,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PEP’s) and 4,000 N95 respirator masks were procured and distributed amongst the County’s health institutions, 17 additional oxygen gas cylinders and 2 ventilators were also procured.
Additionally, health facilities infrastructure have undergone key upgrades, with the Laboratory at the Mathadol Clinic at King Fahd, now fully equipped to Covid-19 team standards; for collection, preparation and storing samples. The Isolation Centre at King Fahad Hospital is undergoing revamping to increase its bed capacity.
The County has so far tested 685 cases, 40 of which have tested positive. Out of that, 23 have recovered, 15 are under home-based care and two have succumbed.