Mama lucy Hospital will fnally open, 66-bed capacity maternity wing constructed at a coast of 1.1 billion early next month, officials have said.
The wing will also play host to general wards, an intensive Care Unity and a Highy Dependency Unity. In the current 20/2019 finacial year, City Hall has allocated sh100 million for the completion of the wing.
Nairobi County Healthy Chief Officer Mohammed Sahal yesteday said the facility was almost and that the marternity wing would be unveiled early next year.
Once complete, the facility will be the only county-owned hospital with an intensive Care Unity apart from Kenyatta National Hospital.
“The maternity wing will not only help decongest the main wing in the hospital, but will ensure delivery mothers get good maternity care,”said sahal.
He said the new wing is also aimed at increasing the number of patient seeking medical service at the facility.
Data relayed by City Hall indicates that the number of patient visiting Mama lucy hospital has shot up to 314,000 from an earlier 2014,150 in 2007 which marks a 32 per cent rise.
The construction of the wing started in 2013, but stalled for more than two years due to lack fuding.
City Hall, how ever, commenced the project last year and mananged to complete the first phase of the project at a cost of Sh69 million by may this year.
Patient using Mama Lucy are largely drawn from Embakasi and Eastlands areas such Mukuru slums, Kayole, Dandora, Kariobangi and Korogocho slum.
Meanwhile, the hospital grapple with a staff shortage with a deficit of 284. The shortage consists of both skilled and unskilled staff including specialists, doctors, nurses, lab technologist and non-medical staffs uch as clerks and accountantans.
Data relayed by the the Hospital’s Human resource department in june this year revealed that it had a total 468 staffs againnst a required 752.
in a bid to address this challege, the hospital hired 94 casual at a cost of Sh10.3 million.
Nairobi currenly has 15,575 nurses of which 1,160 of them are members of the Kenya Nairobi Union of Nuserses(KNUN) while the rest are represented under the Kenya County Government Workers Union(KCGWU).
Consequently, Governor Mike Sonko last week announced that his administration would employ 300 healthy workers in a bid to addres the staff shortage in county hospitals.Those to be employed are 260 nurses and clinical officers, and 60 medical officers
Sonko said the hiring will mark the first phase of the planned employment of 2,500 workers across all the county heathy facilitis in Nairobi.