Governor hopeful wants Coast hospital improved

Source: Nairobi Star
By Philip Mbaji,
30 January 2012
MOMBASA County governor hopeful Suleiman Shahbal wants the government to equip health centers to decongest the Coast Provincial General Hospital. Shahbal said the health facilities lack personnel, drugs and basic equipment, a situation that results to referrals to the provincial hospital.

Speaking yesterday when he opened a Lancet laboratory in Mombasa, Shahbal said there was need to improve the present health facilities in Mombasa. “There is an urgent need for expanding and improve health services in Mombasa and the neighbouring areas to decongest Coast Provincial General Hospital if it is to provide effective services,” he said.

Shahbal said Mombasa County had been ignored in terms of health services as there are no centers for specialized medical services like cancer and advanced diagnosis. “It is unfortunate that there no centers for specialized medical services as well advanced diagnosis and therefore in case a need arises patients have to go to Nairobi or India for the services,” he complained.

He called on the medics and businessmen in the area to come up with a joint venture to ensure that there is a clinic and an ambulance in every ward to take medical services closer to the people. “The population has since grown and therefore we cannot continue relying on the few health facilities established decades ago as the need for medical services has increased,” he said. He was accompanied by Lancet Kenya managing director Dr Ahmed Yakub Kalebi and Dr Abdallah Kassim.

Lancet Ltd in Nairobi 5th Avenue bldg, Ngong Road

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