Kenyans will start enjoying better and improved healthcare services following installation of state-of-the-art Managed Equipment Services (MES) all over the country.
A report from the Ministry of Health shows that the exercise has taken off after challenges between the national and county governments were ironed out.
Under the MES Project, the Government will equip two county hospitals and four national referral hospitals with outsourced specialised state-of-the-art medical equipment to enhance healthcare services.
By last month, at least 96 out of 112 theaters had been fully equiped across the country. Nine of the remaining were almost complete while the rest were at 75 per cent completion.
The report further states that 58 hospitals had received equipment and theater instruments, seven others are near completion while 31 are at 25 per cent completion.
Surgical equipment had been delivered to 92 hospitals. The report further reveals that 14 hospitals so far have fully installed renal equipment while another 20 are almost complete.
Hospitals in Nakuru and Machakos already have fully installed ICU equipment, while installation is underway in other eight referral hospitals at the Coast, Embu, Garrissa, Kakamega, Kisii, Nyeri and Thika.
Radiology equipment has been installed and is working in 54 hospitals, near completion in 16 others and at 50 per cent and below progress in 24 others hospitals, says the report.
In total, 96 hospitals will have theater and sterilisation equipment, 49 will be equipped with renal equipment (dialysis), 11 will benefit with ICU equipment while 98 will have radiology equipment.
Under the MES arrangement, suppliers were outsourced to install, train users, provide maintenance, repair and replacement services for the specialised medical equipment for the duration of the contract.
Work on Early Works Hospitals commenced in February 2015, and is expected to end in late June. Besides the delay in signing the MoUs with counties, lack of or inappropriate rooms for the project in some hospitals and lack of qualified personnel are some of the challenges the initiative grappled. So far, the report shows, the Ministry of Health has already trained thousands of personnel across the country to operate and provide services. “Transformative devolved healthcare is in line with the constitutional right of every Kenyan to access the highest standard of quality healthcare attainable,” says the report.