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18 Mar
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Nakuru County to Open Oncology Clinic For Cancer Patients in a Month

County Government of Nakuru is committed to improving health services in the county and we will open an Oncology Clinic to cater for cancer patients in a month.

This is because patients at our referral hospital have to travel to hospitals outside the county after being diagnosed with cancer.

We will build capacity for our nurses in cancer care so that we do not import experts to the hospital once the clinic is open.

We have also hired 200 nurses on contract, and we will increase the number in the next financial year to ease shortage in health facilities.

Weurge hospitals in the county to properly manage the pharmacy to ensure drugs are procured on time and available at all times.

We ask nurses, doctors and medical staff in our clinics to ensure efficiency in service delivery. We do not want to hear cases of patients waiting for hours to be attended to. We have to turnaround our customer care, handle our patients fast and well even as we prepare to re-brand our referral hospital.

I challenge doctors at the Nakuru County Referral Hospital to aspire to handle complex medical procedures such as kidney transplants and others. We have very qualified doctors at this facility and they are up to task.

Receiving dialysis machine worth Sh3.6 million donated to Nakuru County Referral Hospital by Safaricom Foundation.

The machine has increased the number of patients seeking kidney treatment and the hospital currently handles 30 cases daily.

Present were Nakuru County Deputy Governor Dr. Erick Korir, hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Joseph Mburu and Health Chief Officer Dr. Samwel Mwaura.
Head of Safaricom Rift Valley Region Mr James Maitai led the team from Safaricom Foundation.

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18 Mar
By: Vince 0 0

Nakuru County to Partner with the National Government to plant at least 20 million trees-Governor Lee Kinyanjui

National Assembly Departmental Committee on Environment and Natural Resources led by chairman Hon Kareke Mbiuki today paid me a courtesy call ahead of their visit to Mau forest to assess forest destruction.

Nakuru County welcomes the ban on logging as it will address the challenge of forest degradation.

We urge the committee and the forest taskforce to consider prudent allocation of forests timber manufacturers. We want to be consulted on the allocation of forests because it is mainly done in Nairobi and at times the wrong people are allowed to fell trees. Locals communities should have a say in this through their representatives.

Also we call for a forest cover audit, which should be done periodically so that we don’t have sudden ban that affect businesses. Elburgon and Molo towns are home to big saw millers, some of whom recently opened shop. A forest cover audit would allow for predictability in terms of when people are allowed or not allowed into the forests to harvest timber and also assess progress in tree planting exercises.

We ask the National Government to consider fencing the Mau to ensure only authorized personnel get in. Communities too should be involved in conservation so that they appreciate the value of protecting forests.

We should also start seeking innovative ways of coming up with construction materials that would offer an alternative to timber. We could for example start manufacturing and use of plastic poles as opposed to wooden poles.

Nakuru County will partner with the National Government to plant at least 20 million trees and also encourage farmers to plant fruit trees such as avocado. We target to plant 300,000 avocado trees this season.

Leaders present included MPs Charity Kathambi Chepkwony, Beatrice Kones and Hillary Kosgey. Nakuru Water, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources CEC Eng. Festus Ng’eno was also present.

 

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