Kitui to Operationalize ICU Centre as Critical HealthCare Facility

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On Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – Kitui County intensified efforts to improve the health sector by training critical care nurses ahead of operationalizing the four bed Intensive Care Unit {ICU} at the County Referral Hospital.

County Chief Officer for Health Dr. Muthoka on Wednesday said the facility has A four-bed ICU that will cater for the critically ill patients in the county and minimize referral costs for the patients.

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The nine-week mentorship training was conducted by Peter Muchiri – an accredited critical care nurse and mentor- from Kenyatta National Hospital contracted by the County Government of Kitui to operationalize the ICU.

“Today is a great day for the county because the ICU will soon be operational. The comprehensive training covered very key areas among others patient management at the ICU”. Said Muchiri.

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Gladys Wangare, one of the seven mentored critical care nurses, says the “training was a great boost to their skills and will be helpful in working at the key unit”.
“We thank Governor Charity Ngilu for initiating a process that will see the unit operational”. Said Wangare.

Kitui joins the list of counties in the country that have established at least one ICU unit as the country struggles to fill significant gaps in the health sector alongside the efforts to slow and suppress the transmission of Covid infections.

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