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04 Apr
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Governor Mbugua Inspects Naivasha Hospital

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 4th April, 2016 – Services offered by the Naivasha Sub-County hospital are improving as a result of medical equipment upgrading and renovation through the Managed Equipment Services (MES) concession between the National and the County Government of Nakuru.

Speaking during an inspection visit to the facility Governor Mbugua said the facility was upgraded because of its high volume of work.

‘This hospital has been upgraded because of its volume of work. It is one of the hospitals, which the County Government of Nakuru in cooperation with the national government agreed to re-equip and renovate, additionally upgrading to almost level 5’, said Governor Mbugua.

Adding that the facility is critical in offering health services in the county and through MES program casualty and trauma center have been built in the facility.

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The Nakuru County Governor noted that equipment such as modern and digital x-ray machines are already in the hospital. Through the use of these machines, all the accidents victims received sufficient diagnostic reports and those transferred to other facilities don’t need another round of tests.

Governor Mbugua added that the technology of the x-ray equipment enables sharing of the x-ray pictures by the medics within the hospital and outside the hospital to enable the delivery of quality treatment.

‘When a patient’s x-ray is taken, the machines are able to send it to doctors directly, the patient is not required to carry an envelope back to the consultation room. Doctors are also to share the picture with other for instance in Eldoret and Kilifi for exchange of opinion’, said the Governor.

He added private hospitals in Nakuru are using these facilities for diagnosis and interpretation of x-rays. Thus, he urged the people of Nakuru to stop spending highly in private hospitals in services that are better offered in public hospitals as a resulting of MES upgrading.

Meanwhile Governor Mbugua added that apart from the inspection exercise of the hospital, the visit was meant to morally support the victims of the two road accidents that occurred along the Nairobi-Naivasha highway over the weekend as well as morn and condole with relatives and friends who lost their loved ones.

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Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and Naivasha MP David Kihagi visiting one of the accident victimsGovernor Kinuthia Mbugua and Naivasha MP David Kihagi visiting one of the accident victims

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On Saturday, a bus ferrying employees of Avarta Flower farm was involved in an accident with a train and two people perished. Governor Mbugua has termed this a great loss. On Sunday a bus heading to western was lost control and rolled several times near Kinungi. Two were killed and over 70 injured.

The Governor also added that Naivasha sub-county hospital will receive an ambulance to enhance patient mobility.

Naivasha MP David Kihagi commended Governor for adopting the MES program for improvement of health services delivery noting that the victims of the accident could now be on the road in search of medical services in Nakuru PGH and elsewhere.

He assured the Governor that MPs from Nakuru will continue supporting development agenda in the county for the betterment of the people. At the same time, he cautioned drivers to be alert and observe road use rules.

Governor Mbugua also met with traders operating near the hospital gate and scheduled a meeting with them in which their welfare will be discussed.

Among others who accompanied the Governor include MCAs for Hellsgate, Lakeview, and Viwandani Hon. Johnathan Warothe, Hon. Samuel Wanyoike and Eunice Muriithi respectively and nominated MCA Ester Njeri.

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30 Mar
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Nakuru Polytechnic Is No Longer The “Youth Manyundo” of the Past – Governor Mbugua.

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 30th March, 2016 – Nakuru Governor H.E. Kinuthia Mbugua has said that through efforts and initiatives by the County Government of Nakuru, Nakuru Polytechnic has been transformed from what it was known as “Youth Manyundo”.

Speaking during the commissioning of the refurbishment works of the polytechnic Wednesday, Governor Mbugua urged the scrapping of the derogative term saying that times have changed and its now an institution that offers dignified training for the youth.

He also noted that the term attracted a negative attitude of the people towards the polytechnic, viewing it as a place for academic dwarfs and was perceived that masonry was the only training that could be offered by the institution.

“Nonetheless, this has changed within three years after the County Government took over management of the institution following the adoption of the devolution dispensation, which placed the responsibility of running polytechnics on the shoulders off the county governments.” Governor Mbugua said.

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Governor Mbugua said less emphasis on skilled oriented training has led to shortages in skilled work force and that’s the reason why Nakuru Polytechnic now offers 12 courses, instilling hands on skills that are in great demand in the job market in young people.

He added, ‘giving young people hands on proficiency will make them employable at the same time build their capacity for self-employment initiatives’.

Governor Mbugua noted with the current developments in the county and nation that requires multi-skilled workforce, hands on skills are becoming crucial. Thus, urged parents to embrace polytechnics saying the County Government of Nakuru will extend its bursary support to the polytechnics.

The CeC for Education Francis Mathea echoed the same sentiments by the Governor, noting that the curriculum being developed for the polytechnics will ensure career progression even to the professorship level.

The Nakuru County Governor said requests by the institution’s management board of expanding and improving the Nakuru Youth Polytechnic infrastructure will be done.

Josephat Kimemia, the Director of Youth Affairs and Polytechnics added some of the development will be undertaken by the institution’s management board which he is part of.

He also said advanced and mordern-learning facilities will be provided in all the polytechnics in the county, just like it was done with the PGH.

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Kimemia said currently there are 25 operational polytechnics in the County. 9 more are being constructed in this financial year (2015/16) and 25 more are being budgeted for in the next year (2016/17).

He added, the County Government of Nakuru spent Ksh 130 million during the first and second financial year on development and expansion of polytechnics.

Governor Mbugua said his government is committed in delivering its campaign promises and although they have not been implemented 100%, there are indications of good progress.

He cited that in Bondeni and Kivumbini, the County Government of Nakuru has a number renovated county estate houses and even lowered rent fees.

Sanitation, sewer line and water has also been enhanced. Electricity connection has been done within numerous estate houses and will be extended to cover all.

He said his trip to Netherlands was to negotiate renewal of a project for improvement of sanitation, sewer line and water.

‘A project financed by Netherlands that has built sanitation and water facilities as well as sewer lines in a number of estate was coming to a close, my trip to Netherlands two weeks ago has seen this project renewed for an year’, said Governor Mbugua.

The Governor also said the circulating reports in the press that the County Government of Nakuru has accumulated a debt of Ksh 2.3 billion are not accurate.

‘Part of this debt which is Ksh 840 million was inherited from the defunct municipal and county councils. The reminder is money owed to contractors which is in LPOs and has been factored as part of the debt’, said Governor Mbugua.

He added that all things couldn’t be completed at once but each step at a time. Governor Mbugua however, noted that the speed of development under devolution is much faster than before and his government has made gains to warrant a second term.

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