By Patrick Nyakundi – Kna Makueni
Patients with fractures will now get treatment at the Makueni Referral
Hospital following the installation of a new transformer to power the
imaging intensifier given to the facility under the Managed Equipment
Services (MES) from the national government.
According to Daniel Gikogo, the hospital superitendent, the machine initially
would not function due to the low voltage transformer that had been
installed at the hospital.
Dr Gikogo says following the installation of the new transformer, the image
intensifier is working and patients can access specialized services at the
“The machine is the one used to give an X-Ray especially of a patient fitted
with a metal within the body after sustaining a fracture. The doctor uses the
images to know whether the metal is well placed,” said Dr. Gichogo.
At the same time, Dr. Gichogo said the CT Scan machine that was also
given under the same programme, has been tested and will soon be
handed over to the hospital.
“The CT Scan machine was tested by the contractor and we expect it to be
handed over to the hospital after addressing structural issues,” said the
medical superintendent who spoke to KNA on phone.
Contacted for comment, the Makueni County Commissioner (CC)
Mohammed Maalim said that the new multi-agency approach to
development, has made work easier since both officers from the national
and county governments work as a team.
“I laud President Uhuru Kenyatta for initiating the County Development
Implementation Committee (CDICC) that brings together officers from
parastatals, county and national governments. They approach issues from
one point of understanding. Like the case of the transformer at the Makueni
Referral Hospital,” said Mohammed.
Consequently, the administrator disclosed that the Kako/Kathozweni
irrigation schemes at Kyunyu and Miusini will soon be installed with
transformers to enable farmers do irrigation.
The two schemes were to receive water from two bore holes that were
sunk in 2017 but stalled up to now due to a fault transformer that was
installed last year.
“KPLC has promised to fast track and ensure the transformers are installed
by next week,” said Mohammed.
It should be observed here that the bore holes for the two irrigation
schemes were sunk at a cost of 60 million shillings whereby each will have
20 farmers farm on a half an acre of land.
The farmers are eagerly waiting for the launch of the project since they are
keen to fend for themselves to avoid handouts in terms of relief food from
Further the residents and schools in the area stand to be supplied
with clean water to use domestically and watering their animals.