27 February 2014

Kenya: Kabogo to Get Funds for Kijabe Hospital Facelift

Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has pledged to marshal five governors, whose residents use Kijabe Mission Hospital, to boost its infrastructure.

Speaking during Kijabe Rift Run Marathon organised by the hospital on Saturday, Kabogo said it is the county governments' work to give back to private investment initiatives aimed at helping the local community.

He said his government will enter into dialogue with Governors David Nkedianye (Kajiado), Samuel Tunai (Narok), Kinuthia Mbugua (Nakuru) and Daniel Waithaka (Nyandarua).

"I will lobby so they can contribute to the development of the hospital," Kabogo said. He promised to urge President Uhuru to ensure the Roads ministry tarmacks the Gichiingo-Kijabe road.

"The President had promised during our last visit with him here that the road will be re-carpeted and I will make sure that my government will repair it in the meantime and ask him to order the Ministry of Roads to release funds for its reconstruction," Kabogo said.

The promise came after hospital CEO Mary Muchendu said the road has been a disgrace to the local community, the government and the hospital.

It is believed and reported that most women, who travel to the hospital for delivery, give birth while on their way down the 5km sloppy road due to massive potholes.

"The condition of the road is deplorable and it's only a stretch of five kilometers. We also do not have an emergency ambulance as the only one that serves us sometimes breaks down and recently we used about Sh400,000 for its repair," Muchendu said. She lamented heavy taxes on hospital equipment, which are delivered by sponsors from the United States and the United Kingdom.

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