By BONIFACE MULU
The Kitui County Health and Sanitation Ministry Chief Officer, Dr. Richard Mukula Muthoka, has said that most of the people who die in accidents die because of lacking the timely medical attention.
The doctor further announced that they (the county government) are going to establish an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) department at the Kitui County Referral Hospital for the good of the healthcare services in the county.
Muthoka announced that they are currently having a total of ten fully equipped ambulances in the county. And he further announced that they are to receive a donation of two more ambulances from the World Medical Relief.
The World Medical Relief is a non-profit charitable organisation based in Detroit, Michigan, the United States. Muthoka was speaking when he officially closed a five-day first aid and emergency operation course training organised for the Kitui County Health and Sanitation Ministry ambulance drivers by the Kenya Red Cross Training Institute in partnership with the International Centre for Humanitarian Affairs and the Kitui County Health and Sanitation Ministry at the Kitui Agricultural Training Centre.
The training started on Monday, October 28, 2019 and ended on Friday, November 1, 2019. “We will continue having fresher trainings for you to equip you with more first aid and emergency operation skills for the good of the patients,” the CO told the trainees.
Before we plan for the next trainings, this team will be the trainers of trainees, the medic added. “The essence of training you is for you to take the patient safely and to ensure that she or he arrives safely,” he told the trainees.
Muthoka disclosed that they have a pool of 45 ambulance drivers in the county. Make sure that you take care of the ambulances as your office. You are the managers of that ambulances.
You are the operators of that ambulances, the CO told his ministry ambulance drivers. He disclosed that the cost of each ambulance’s equipment is 2.5 million shillings and that the cost of the ambulance is seven million shillings.
“So when you are driving that ambulance do understand that you are driving some 9.5 million shillings,” Muthoka told the trainees.
I want us to be responsible for our work, he further told them. “If anything in the ambulance which you are driving is going to get lost, you are going to be held responsible for the loss,” the doctor told the ambulance drivers.
Muthoka, who closed the training on behalf of Governor Charity Kaluki Ngilu, presented the trainees with some certificates. The trainers included Sammy Kamanu and Mohammed Kimaiyo from the Kenya Red Cross Training Institute.