Kiambu County Planning to Build New 700 Million Maternity Wing

Plans are currently underway for the Kiambu County Government to open up a new 400-bed health wing at the Thika Level 5 hospital. More specifically, the new wing is set to focus on reproductive health with locals being the biggest beneficiaries.

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The county administration hopes the new facility will help reduce infant and maternal mortality ratios and also offer affordable maternity services. The maternity wing is part of the county’s grand development plan in the health sector.

The county administration has battled accusations of lack of proper health facilities, with the few that are available being congested and lacking drugs.

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Besides commissioning the new wing, the county plans to construct four other Level 4 hospitals, according to Governor Ferdinand Waititu. Among the facilities under construction are a Sh700 million Githunguri Level 4 Hospital, which is set to have a 250-bed capacity. The hospital is expected to lead in cancer treatment.

Bibirioni Level 4 Hospital in Limuru is also being constructed at a cost of Sh280 million.Expansion of Lari, Tigoni, Wangige and Kikuyu Level 4 hospitals are in the pipeline.

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“Once complete, these facilities will see bed capacity increase from the current 1,100 to 3,500. As a county, we are determined to make Kiambu the destination for medical tourism,” said Waititu.

The governor added that his administration will continue to invest heavily in the rehabilitation of hospitals, to ensure they are capable of delivering world-class services.

Waititu has said his administration was keen to ensure all dilapidated roads were fixed.Already, Kiambia-Gathanga road has been upgraded using the new technology.The road was constructed at a cost of Sh60 million.

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