Joy as two new dispensaries open for residents – Kenya News Agency
A month after Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru opened two new clinics, residents of Kiamwathi and Kianjiru in Gichugu constituencies have affordable health care right on their doorstep.
In that short span of time, the two clinics have already served hundreds of people who previously would have traveled for miles in search of medical care.
The Kiamwathi and Kianjiru dispensaries were completed by the county government as part of an accelerated program that undertakes the completion and equipping of 19 dispensary projects that were left unfinished by the previous administration.
The Kiamwathi dispensary received more than 500 patients during the first week of operation, an indication that there was a great need to bring these services closer to the population.
Caroline Wanjiru, a young mother who brought her baby to the child protection clinic, said that before, they had to go to the Kianyaga Sub-County Hospital for such services.
“We had to spend at least Sh. 200 on transportation to the nearest facility and waste a lot of time just going to the children’s clinic.
This is why we are very grateful for the operationalization of this dispensary since we can access the services at our convenience, ”said Carol, noting that there is no congestion and the services are very fast at the dispensary. .
Lucy Njeri Gichobi, from the village of Thimu, who came to be treated in the same establishment, echoed his feelings.
She said the Dispensary brought long-awaited relief to residents. She liked the short turnaround time at the clinic and the fact that there were no long lines and that she got all the medicines she needed at no cost.
All other patients who testified expressed gratitude for the accessibility of free medical services, saying it was long overdue.
Mr Morris Kaburu, the nurse in charge of the Kiamwathi dispensary, said they see an average of 60 patients a day.
He said some of the services offered at the facility include counseling, antinatal care, maternal and child health care, pharmacy and family planning, among others.
He said that before the clinic opened, residents used to seek treatment at hospitals in Kianyaga, Gatugura and Kabare.
The Kianjiru dispensary also received a warm welcome from residents. The Level 2 facility has also seen a steady flow of patients since it opened.
The nurse in charge, Eunice Nyawira, said the facility has been particularly helpful to the school fraternity. She said the facility registers at least 60 patients per day.
“The community has really embraced the facility and is very grateful that they can now get the treatment and medicine they need right in their village,” Nyawira said, noting that the community had previously sought the services of Kangu or Difathas.
She added that apart from the outpatient services they offer, residents in need of further investigation or treatment may be referred to more advanced hospitals.
When the two facilities opened, Governor Waiguru said his administration was committed to providing affordable and accessible health care and that the dispensaries would go a long way in improving primary health care.
She said that by completing the stranded clinics, the county government aims to prevent beneficiaries from traveling long distances and using more money to seek health services, thus giving them more time to look after health care. ‘other socio-economic activities.
“With good primary health care in our clinics, we will reduce congestion in other hospitals and allow them to effectively deal with more complex health issues,” the governor said.
She stressed that in order to achieve universal health coverage, her administration has invested heavily in the development of the infrastructure of various health establishments, such as the future level five hospital complex of Kerugoya and the modernization of Kianyaga and Kimbimbi. , from level four to level five hospitals. .
By Irungu Mwangi