Kisumu County Governor Professor Anyang Nyong’o hailed the improved access to quality health insurance in the region.
Nyong’o said the county government has made great strides in equipping health facilities in the county with the necessary infrastructure and equipment to improve access to quality medical services.
He highlighted the on-going expansion and upgrading of the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH), where state-of-the-art equipment has been installed to help thousands of patients in Kisumu and across the region. region of Nyanza, who until then sought services in Eldoret. and Nairobi.
The hospital, he said, has been fitted with a state-of-the-art Covid-19 management center with modern life-saving equipment.
“We have already installed our oxygen production plant in the facility with a capacity of 600 liters per minute, which has greatly assisted in the emergency management of Covid-19 patients,” he said .
In a media statement, Nyong’o said the county government installed an electroencephalogram (EEG) at the facility.
EEG is a medical test that detects abnormalities in the brain and can be used to differentiate epilepsy from other seizures related to brain disorders.
This, he said, will go a long way in helping patients with epilepsy at the same time identify other seizures for proper medication.
To reverse the growing number of cancer cases in the region, Nyong’o said plans are underway to set up a cancer center in JOOTRH.
The project, which is expected to be completed early next year, he said, was essential in supporting patients who are forced to travel to Nairobi and abroad for treatment.
To protect patients from the high costs of treatment, Nyong’o said, the Marwa County government’s health insurance scheme, which targets the indigent, has been successfully implemented.
The program benefiting 45,000 vulnerable families, he said, will be extended this fiscal year to reach 90,000 families.
“These developments contained in my manifesto show that the county health services are on an upward trajectory,” he said.
The Governor called for a partnership with the private sector and development partners to address existing gaps in the sector.