Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru says the County Government is on the verge of completing the construction of 19 dispensaries left incomplete by the previous regime.
The dispensaries she says will boost provision of primary healthcare in the County by enhancing accessibility for thousands of residents who have been travelling long distances to seek treatment
The dispensaries are now at various stages of completion with some of them already complete and awaiting commissioning.
While on an inspection mission to some of the projects, Governor Waiguru said the ongoing works are expected to be completed within the next three months.
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“Access to quality primary healthcare is a fundamental right for our people. The dispensaries will ensure Kirinyaga residents don’t have to travel long distances for treatment while also providing employment for the youth,” She said.
The facilities include Joshua Mbai laboratory, Kiamugumo, Kiandai, Kiamwathi, Kavote, Ndaba and Kianjiru dispensaries.
Area residents lauded the Government for her commitment in improving the health sector saying the dispensaries will be of huge benefit for the people of Kirinyaga.
Gibson Njagi, a resident of Githure trading center where Joshua Mbai dispensary is located, said the completion of a laboratory at the facility will be a remarkable achievement.
The dispensary that serves about 4,000 residents has been in operation since 1993 but patients are referred to other facilities for medical tests.
“We have to travel to Kiamutugu Health Center or to private facilities where we have to spend money on transport and lab services. The referrals are costly, time consuming and may lead to delayed diagnosis and subsequent treatment,” he explained.
The County’s Chief Officer of Health, Dr. Muriithi Nyaga said residents will be able to access outpatient services that include TB treatment, pre-natal and post-natal services and pharmacy services among others.
Governor Waiguru reiterated her administration’s commitment towards the improvement of health infrastructure and service delivery with an aim of achieving universal health coverage in the county.