Kisumu, Friday, September 18th , 2015—The Governor of Kisumu County H.E. Jack Ranguma commissioned a Ksh. 32.6M Critical Care Unit (CCU) at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH). The expansion of the CCU was made possible, thanks to support from the General Electric (GE) Foundation, working in collaboration with the Centre for Public Health and Development (CPHD) and Assist International (AI). The CCU is managed by anesthetists, trained nurses in critical care, medical officers, physiotherapists, counsellors, laboratory technicians, biomedical technologists and nutritionists. Speaking during the event, Mr. Ranguma noted that the commissioning of the unit will improve healthcare delivery to the citizens. “Today marks an important chapter in the delivery of healthcare services to our citizens in Kisumu. The vulnerable communities in our society that includes women, children, elderly and disabled now have an avenue to access healthcare at their doorsteps through the opening of this Critical Care Unit”, said an elated Mr. Ranguma. The governor thanked the partners for their support and urged them to continue in the same spirit, given that health is now a devolved function. “It is my wish that you continue with your excellent services especially with the devolution of health to the Counties”, said the governor. Mr. Ranguma read the riot act to health workers who are fond of mistreating patients and ordered the County Executive Committee Member for Health to make sure no patient is mishandled at health facilities.

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