In Summary
  • At Chemaner Dispensary, the committee established that it lacks a laboratory technician.
  • Patients are forced to travel to Molo or Olenguruone hospitals to access the services.
  • Taita Dispensary lacks power supply and a refrigerator for storing vaccines.

The Nakuru County Assembly committee on Health Services has painted a grim picture of the state of some of the health facilities in the county.

The latest report on the status of Chemaner and Taita dispensaries in Tinet Ward in Kuresoi South tabled in the assembly on Wednesday revealed a sorry state of the facilities.

The report tabled by the committee vice-chairman John Njenga indicates that the two facilities are in dire need of drugs, workers, equipment and infrastructure.

NO LAB TECHNICIAN

At Chemaner Dispensary, the committee established that it lacks a laboratory technician, forcing patients to travel to Molo or Olenguruone hospitals to access the services.

It also lacks an ambulance and staff houses, forcing workers to operate from outside the dispensary.

At the same time, the report revealed that the maternity wing, which is well equipped, is not operational due to lack of medical staff and drugs.

“Mothers prefer to give birth at home because they are not guaranteed to get a nurse to assist them in safe delivery,” said Tinet MCA David Malel.

KITCHEN

Many inpatients are also shying away from the facility as it lacks a vibrant kitchen unit.

The report further revealed that the casual workers had not been paid their dues for several months.

In their recommendations, the committee urged the county government to recruit four nurses, a clinical officer and a laboratory technician to improve service delivery.

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