First of all let me thank GIZ for the support. In the initial days in 2013 when Heide (Programme Leader, GIZ Health Sector Programme, Kenya) and the team from GIZ came it looked a bit hazy. We didn’t know what was going to be the support, it was like theory, GIZ was going to bring somebody to support us in really making sure that we are able to provide quality services for the people of Kwale County.
For the last two and a half years, we really thank GIZ for the support. We have made Msambweni a County Referral Hospital and we must say that we’ve been able to bring Msambweni to the status where it was. initially it looked like an abandoned health facility, we’ve put a lot of infrastructure there, right now we are about to complete the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and renal unit. Already equipment have been bought for the renal unit, we have called for tenders for the ICU unit. We shall have a full-fledged referral system which will be able to handle some of these very complicated issues. We have had challenges with the ferry when taking people to Coast General Hospital (on Mombasa Island) and even lost lives.
The director of Health (Dr. Hajara El-busaidy) has said that we are also opening a sub-regional blood bank, with support of partners and GIZ included. The tenders for actual infrastructure have been opened, evaluation is going to take place. All relevant partners will participate in this and I believe we will have a credible contractor who will be able to do this.
I think we will be the only County in this republic that will have such a high standard regional blood bank. Our motto is; “Destination Kwale”, everything that we do, we say “destination Kwale”, we even want medical services to be “destination Kwale”, tourism “destination Kwale”, all other aspects “destination Kwale”, so we think this will really help us and we want to be that far.
We want to make Msambweni the best of our best. Having that, we can make it either Hospice or a place that you can come and recuperate so that you can enjoy yourself especially people with terminal illnesses (medical tourism). With GIZ support for the future we should be looking at these areas in terms of infrastructure and equipment.
For the National Hospital Insurance Fund, NHIF, (Mr. Nicodemus Odongo – Director Strategy and Planning – NHIF), we have heard what has been said, we will also look at the County, how do we benefit from these services especially now with the change of NHIF structure? We feel it will be an opportunity to help us provide quality services for the people of Kwale. Of-course Kwale handles all the neighbours, that is Tanzania, Zanzibar, it’s the only referral hospital around here. They can come to us and we provide services within our neighbourhood to all even those from Diani. Doing it for the entire Country so that people can have better medical services within their proximity and have all care per services within there.
GIZ, lets’ keep moving and I think the way forward is that even if this programme comes to an end, let’s think of other areas that you can support, especially areas of financial management, data management, to make sure that we are able to support this hospital. We want to also scale up, we don’t want just to leave it at Msambweni only within county as the referral hospital, we should also make sure that kwale, Kinango and even now Lunga Lunga (which is being upgraded to a sub-County Hospital, also get upgraded.We are putting up a new theater at Lunga Lunga, we have bought equipment, opened roads and a new outpatient block.We can provide services along there so that if you are across the border and you want services you don’t have to go very far.
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