By Ronald Ngoba
Kilifi County has launched four state-of-the-art ambulances that will help the region to enhance service delivery and management in line with the universal healthcare agenda.
Governor Gideon Mung’aro, speaking at Kilifi County Referral Hospital, said the ambulances were equipped with the latest life support systems including advanced airway management, monitoring gadgets, defibrillators among other supporting machines.
These will assist the County medical personnel to provide the required healthcare to deal with reported emergency cases throughout the area.
According to him the aim is to save more lives and improve further patient outcomes by providing the right care at the right time.
“We made commitments of revamping our health facilities during the campaign and I want to assure we are not going leave anything behind, from next week will launch an ambulance special for critically ill patients and six other modern equipped ambulances.”
The governor underscored the importance of critical services in need during emergencies noting the county was vast with difficult terrain to deal with in the rural settings.
“With challenging terrain, the provision of the modern equipped ambulance services, has come in very handy in easing the prompt transfer of patients in far-flung areas to medical facilities. When it comes to medical emergencies, we are aware that time is of the utmost importance. The ambulances are made to answer emergency calls swiftly and evacuate patients to the closest facility for additional care. I want to assure residents that they will receive the utmost care and attention and at no cost. This will also reduce cases of patients being referred to Coast General Hospital in Mombasa County.”
At the same time, the governor also launched renal dialysis service unit, county health products and technologies warehouse.
County executive committee member (CECM) for health Peter Mwarogo assured the governor that they would work closely with all health facilities to ensure that residents receive the best possible care and treatment.
“In a special way, I would like to recognize and appreciate the governor for his leadership and for seeing the importance of having a functional health system for the County. I would like to assure you that we will work closely with the local hospital and healthcare providers to improve its health indicators to the best possible.”
Assembly majority leader Ibrahim Matumbo said that the ambulances would go along way in reducing the fatality cases in the county.
Matumbo, who is the MCA for Dabaso Ward, said the initiative would complement, support and augment the efforts of the existing referral services.
His Tezo Ward counterpart Thomas Chengo appealed to stakeholders to work together to promote quality healthcare while at the same time lauding the efforts of the County team for the job they were doing.
He called on the residents and health personnel to make use of the ambulances in advancing proper healthcare.