Movement of patients in dire need of emergency health services is set to improve due to newly advanced life support ambulance flagged off by Kisumu Governor Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o.
Speaking at the flagging off ceremony, the Governor pointed that the ambulances will be connected to the County Ambulatory and Emergency Services with an emergency number where residents in urgent need of ambulance services will be able to request and immediately be connected with the nearest ambulance.
In addition to the establishment of ambulatory and emergency services, the Governor added that county is set to establish a fleet management system to support management of trucks, cars and motorbikes to ensure efficiency. The new ambulance will be attached to Gita Sub County hospital in Kisumu East Sub-County.
With that in place, the Governor has also directed the Department of Health to set up proper ambulatory services domiciled at JOOTRH to ensure a seamless coordination of ambulatory services and efficient use of ambulances.
The new ambulance is a major boost to emergency services within the County that will play a critical role in strengthening the referral system, a key aspect in the delivery of Universal Health Coverage. The Governor made a promise to revamp ambulatory services by putting into place proper ambulances.
Other seven ambulances are expected to arrive within the next three weeks and will be stationed at the Sub-County hospitals with one extra one attached at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH).
The 8 Ambulances procured at a cost of Kshs. 76.8 million will be fully fitted with defibrillators, patient monitor for heart rate, blood pressure and pulse rate, pulse oximeter for oxygen saturation, piped oxygen, patient stretcher, operating table, fixed suction machine and big value mask.
The governor was flanked by the Ag. County Minister for Health Nerry Achar and other County health officers led by the Chief Officer Dr. Sewe.