The rate of deaths in hospitals in Nairobi is expected to reduce with the installation of more Intensive Care Units.
Governor Mike Sonko has announced that he will ensure more ICUs are set up in the county’s health facilities.
“Every county hospital must have a well-equipped ICU so we can save more lives,” said Sonko.
He spoke at Pumwani hospital after conducting yet another impromptu visit on Thursday evening.
Last September, Sonko rode on a boda boda and sneaked into the hospital in an impromptu visit that caught hospital administrators and staff off guard.
On that occasion, he found 12 bodies of infants hidden in boxes.
The bodies were wrapped together in polythene bags and stuffed in three boxes inside a store as opposed to a mortuary.
On Friday evening, the Governor said the hospital will get more electric theatre beds.
The beds, Sonko said, will also be provided to all other county health facilities in order to ease congestion.
“Modernizing of the theatre will be an ongoing venture,” Sonko said.
The Governor was accompanied by Roysambu MCA and County Assembly Health Committee Chairperson Peter Warutere.
Warutere said Sonko’s impromptu visits to county hospitals and other projects have improved service delivery.
“There is no laziness anymore and that is why we are receiving international recognition,” the MCA said.
He said rogue contractors and suppliers who used to collude with some county staff to do shoddy works are no longer there.
Pumwani medical superintendent Leonard Okoko however said that, more medics are needed so as to provide better services to Nairobians and Kenyans at large.
Okoko said modernization works in the hospital will soon be complete.
“Once the lift starts operating, we will be good to go. Operational services will ease and be quicker,” he said.
“This hospital was like a cattle dip. With the modernization works, we will do what it takes to improve services,” he said.
Sonko is also set to launch a state-of-the-art additional wing at Mama Lucy hospital which is 73 per cent complete.
Mama Lucy hospital medical superintendent Mohamed Musa said the new wing will have 66 beds, six private wings and well equipped ICU/HDU.
“We are set for the launch. This will be a mega and historical project in our county. It will ease congestions especially from other health facilities in Nairobi,” he said.
Sonko later toured projects in Eastleigh and asked contractors to move with speed and complete their work.
“I want to tell my executive members to tour all projects in Nairobi and brief me on a weekly basis. I will not entertain lazy members. I want to see members of the public educated especially on dumping of waste,” he said.
Sonko later stopped the demolition at Seventh Street Airbase ward in Eastleigh and asked leaders to report any shoddy construction being conducted by tycoons.
“I and President Uhuru Kenyatta stopped demolition in Nairobi. People should respect the poor irrespective of their color, religion and family background,” he said.