The County Government of Bomet sent a Team from the County’s Health Department yesterday 9th January 2020 for a high level visit to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) to benchmark on the structural and architectural designs of a mother and Baby Hospital (in this case Riley Mother and Baby Hospital) and a Pediatric Hospital (in this case the Shoe4africa Children Hospital.) The Riley Mother and Baby Hospital is MTRH’s Centre of Excellence for Reproductive Health while Shoe4africa is the Centre of Excellence for Peadiateic Health. It is a stand alone public Mother and Baby Hospital in Western Region of the Country.
The visit follows the County’s advanced plans of developing a design/plan for the proposed Mother and Child Wellness Center at Longisa County Referral Hospital.
While welcoming the Team, MTRH CEO, Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa, MBS said hospital leadership and management need to expand hospital infrastructure since populations keep expanding and the demand for quality Healthcare by the people is high.
“We believe that the number of patients in hospitals will come down when more specialized hospitals are built by the counties and specialized quality services are offered” Dr. Aruasa said.
The CEO enumerated the importance of partnership in developing institutions, saying MTRH’s success came as a result of such collaborations. He noted that the move by Bomet County is highly welcome.
The CEO noted that also individuals alone can do more to help people, for example the kindness of one person Toby Tanser through Shoe4Africa Foundation made the Children Hospital at MTRH a reality. Dr. Aruasa also mentioned the 25 Million population MTRH covers in Kenya and also the cross border coverage that stretches to Eastern Uganda as well as to South Sudan.
He urged the team that workers in healthcare institutions and their leadership need to work hard and offer services to levels that would benefit the people well.
Bomet County CECM for Health, Dr. Joseph Sitonik said that the County plans to put up a mother and child wellness centre would serve the people of Bomet and even decongest MTRH where residents of that County seek services in numbers.
Dr. Sitonik also relayed the message of goodwill from the Governor H.E. Dr. Hillary Barchok who is grateful for the quality healthcare services MTRH is giving to people in the Country.
He said Bomet County has drawn lots of benefits from partnership with MTRH that include; mentorship program on Renal, Oncology, Surgical among other clinical and medical services. Currently a number of doctors, clinical officers and nurses have successfully been trained by MTRH. The CEO, MTRH also assured the team of technical support and capacity building in areas of infrastructure development, human resources among other areas as need arises.
The delegation was led by the CECM Medical Services Bomet, Dr.Joseph Sitonik with the Chief Officer Public Health, Mrs.Zeddy Chumo and Chief Officer Medical Services, Dr.Joyce Tonui. Also present was Dr.Birech who is the Medical Superintendent at Longisa County Referral Hospital and a team of Engineers from Bomet County Public Works Department.
MTRH Team present were Director Reproductive Health, Dr. Wycliffe Koskei and Hospital Engineer, Joseph Atogo.