Kenya’s Busia county government has begun constructing a dispensary at Amoni, in Malaba Central, Teso North Sub-County. Mernancy Enterprises Limited has already been handed over a four-acre construction site as the contractor for the implementation of the project in the course of the next three months.
Speaking during the site handover ceremony, the county’s Chief Officer for Medical Services- Isaac Omeri asked the contractor to ensure that he conforms to the required standards by undertaking his work professionally.
“We will not tolerate contractors who undertake substandard work and those who delay in completing projects targeting the community,” he affirmed.
The project is funded by the County government through the health and sanitation department to the tune of 5 million.
Expectations for the project
Upon completion, the dispensary is expected to benefit at least 5000 residents of Amoni and the neighboring parts of Amukura East Ward where people have been forced to walk more than 8 kilometers to Kocholia Sub-County Hospital and Malaba dispensary to get treatment.
Besides providing access to better healthcare, the facility will also offer employment opportunities to residents and professionals across the county.
Supporting one of the national governments big four agenda
Jonathan Ino, the Busia County Public Health Officer, the construction of this facility is part of the County Government’s objective of ensuring residents who have been experiencing challenges, especially children and expectant mothers get health services near them. He added that it is also in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s agenda on the implementation of Universal Health Coverage.
Universal health coverage is one of the Kenyatta administration’s big four agenda and its aim is to achieve 100% universal health coverage by upscaling National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) uptake across the East African Country.