MEDICAL OXYGEN PLANT COMMISSIONED AT NANDI HILLS COUNTY HOSPITAL
The County Government of Nandi under the able leadership of Governor Stephen Sang, is taking every possible measure to strengthen the health care infrastructure in the county.
Patients in various health facilities in the County will benefit from a reliable supply of oxygen. This is after the county commissioned the second state-of-the-art oxygen plant in the latest collaboration between the County Department of Health and Sanitation and USAID.
The move, is a big boost for Nandi residents in accessing quality and affordable healthcare services. This has also seen the county receive 300 new oxygen cylinders courtesy of AMREF Africa as well as ongoing oxygen piping and manifold in 7 facilities across the county.
The PSA Oxygen Plant has been designed to cater to the high demand for medical-grade oxygen at the hospital and other facilities within the county. With the capacity to generate, supply, store pure medical oxygen and it will provide oxygen supply to hospital beds and the Critical Care Unit (CCU).
Speaking during the commissioning of the facility, Governor Stephen Sang said it has been his dream that residents receive services at their doorstep cutting on the baggage of doing long travels seeking for critical services from neighbouring Counties.
The Governor said the plant aims at boosting access to universal health care (UHC) by providing affordable oxygen to critically ill patients.
“The hospital will now have a reliable and constant supply of medical oxygen, which will ensure that critically ill patients receive timely and appropriate medical attention. This is part of our larger plan to strengthen the healthcare system in Nandi County and to provide affordable and accessible healthcare services to all our citizens,” said Governor Sang.
The oxygen at the facility is interconnected to the wards for easy access by all within different departments at the hospital easing on the burden of carrying gas cylinders to wards.
The Governor said putting up of the Oxygen plant has been his Government’s commitment as one way of meeting Sustainable Development Goal Number 3 which aims at improving and access to quality healthcare to all by the year 2030.
On his part, USAID Deputy Mission Director for Kenya and East Africa region Bert Ubamadu lauded the County Government of Nandi under the leadership of Governor Stephen Sang for the transformation in the healt sector.
Dr Edward Serem who represented the Health PS Eng Peter Tum said that the Oxygen Plant is key to Nandi County and beyond. He said the Ministry of Health will continue to support the County Government of Nandi in taking services closer to the people.
Present at the event were the Deputy Governor Dr Yulita Cheruiyot, Chief Officer for Health and Sanitation Fredrick Kiptum, Nandi Hills Ward MCA Hon Edwin Kiprop, Kapchorwa Ward MCA Hon Richard Bett and Chepkunyuk Ward MCA Hon JohTiltai, Nandi Hills Sub County DCC, Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Chepkwony, outgoing MedSup Dr Joseph Kangor, officials from Chemonics, JEBHEIGO and CHAI among other guests.