Bungoma County Health and Sanitation Executive Dr Andrew Wamalwa has directed contractors putting up maternity wards in Sirisia and Bumula Sub-county hospitals to fast track construction work to enable service delivery by the county. The department of health is funding the construction of the health facilities in order to ease congestion in the referral medical facilities. The county government is constructing a 100-bed capacity maternal and child health block at Sirisia Sub County Hospital while at the same time putting up a 60-bed capacity maternity facility at Bumula Sub County Hospital. Speaking during an inspection tour of the two sub county hospitals to check on the progress of the projects, Wamalwa called on the contractors who were awarded the jobs to complete them on time to save expectant women expenses of travelling far to seek for services which can be offered within their neighbourhood. The Sirisia Sub County block is sixty-five percent complete while thirty-five percent is the remaining part which must be completed by the end of May while the Bumula project is at ninety percent complete. ‘We are here to see for ourselves how the projects are ongoing, let’s try to beat the deadline so that the facilities are equipped for use, we don’t want to waste public funds,’ he said. He called on contractors to employ all efforts in ensuring that the projects are completed within the set timelines. ‘Our mothers travel far to seek for services that would have otherwise been rendered here, it is our prayer that completion of these projects is done within the specified time for residents to feel the value of their money,’ he said. Contractors who won bids for construction called on the County government to demonstrate good will through releasing cash as agreed to enable them complete the projects on time. The county government is also completing the 300-bed capacity Maternal and Child health hospital at Bungoma County Referral Hospital. Accompanied by the county director of health and sanitation Dr Caleb Wanambisi, they challenged health workers in the county to work hard in serving residents since all the pending promotions have been acted upon. ‘It is your duty to help our people by offering them proper and satisfactory health services, only this will earn you a promotion and allow you to appreciate your worth as a health worker,’ said Wanambisi.
Source: Kenya News Agency