President William Ruto on Thursday presided over the official opening ceremony of the Border Police Hospital at the Border Police Unit campus in Kanyonyo, Kitui County, southeastern Kenya.
The 130-bed capacity facility will offer Intensive Care and High Dependency care and respond to Emergencies and Theater procedures, mainly to security forces injured in the line of duty.
Welcoming the guests to the campus, the host DIG-APS, Mr Noor Gabow, pointed out that the structure was a product of the police welfare kitty, where officers have over the years raised up to a hundred million (100M) in Ksh50 monthly contribution per police officer.
Mr Gabow further stated that a rehabilitation and wellness centre was part of the hospital plan, besides the upcoming airstrip and stadium, whose constructions are underway at the campus.
Equally, the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr Japhet Koome, highlighted that matters of health were so dear to the police officers and their families, pointing out that their job description makes them vulnerable to injuries.
On his part, President Ruto lauded the police for the bold move and belief in what small contributions collected over time could achieve, saying that this had driven the government to procure over Ksh250 million worth of equipment for the hospital so far and that the remaining bits would be jointly done with the Ministry of Health.
President Ruto hence called upon the Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof. Kithure Kindiki, Kitui County Governor Julius Malombe and the IG to partner in achieving the best standards of the hospital, directing that the hospital be also open to the locals in Kitui alongside the stadium and the airstrip once complete.
Hence, the president called upon the Kitui County government to ensure that Healthcare workers under the county were also deployed at the facility to work with the police medical officers.
To boost the great vision championed by the police, President Ruto pledged Ksh20 Billion from the national government in aid of the ongoing works, further directing the remaining work at the airstrip to be taken over by the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage to carry on with the stadium.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.