Locals in Maili Nne Estate on the outskirts of Eldoret town have a reason to smile after the opening of a new health facility in the area.
The Heart afire Mlima hospital officially opened its first phase on Monday, in an event that was presided over by Uasin Gishu County Secretary Edwin Bett and County Executive Committee Member for Finance and Economic Planning CPA Julius Ruto.
Speaking during the event, Bett welcomed the opening of the new hospital that has been set up by the International Vision Centre (IVC) and partners.
He said the facility will go a long way towards complimenting the county’s efforts to provide quality healthcare to the locals.
“We recognize the role of the church in providing healthcare to our people and we look forward to working with them in all that they will be doing so as to improve healthcare in this county,” Bett said.
He also expressed the need for every Kenyan to ensure they follow all Covid-19 preventive protocols that the government has put in place.
“It is no longer the government business to protect the people but personal responsibility. Wear a mask, keep social distance and sanitize to ensure you protect yourself,” he added.
On his part, Finance CECM CPA Julius Ruto said the facility will help ensure a healthy county by substituting what the county government was doing to provide healthcare to the people.
“Provision of healthcare is yet to be met by existing facilities and such investment we welcome with two hands. We’re happy we have visited the place and promise investors that we will guarantee them our support as a government, be it approvals, infrastructural needs, or anything else they need,” said CPA Ruto.
IVC Bishop Joseph Likavo said the first phase of the hospital will see locals access outpatient services.
The hospital which sits on an 18-acre piece of land is aimed at helping locals have easy access to health services.
“We want to offer good services, then from December, we will be offering maternity, theater, and all other departments. The hospital will also have a children’s section and emergency services,” said Bishop Likavo.