Machakos Governor, Wavinya Ndeti, received a shot in her arm after her transformation agenda was boosted with Ksh879.8 million in donor funding.
Speaking on Friday, June 23, after receiving medical supplies valued at Ksh70 million from a German donor, Malteser International, Wavinya expressed gratitude indicating that the money would aid her in fulfilling campaign pledges.
The German donor also rehabilitated Machakos Level 5 Hospital and provided emergency medical supplies that will be deployed to 17 other health facilities.
"My office together with the Department of health, has also mobilised donor support totalling to Ksh879.8 million. I would like to sincerely thank the donor organisations," Wavinya stated.
Breakdown of the Donations Mobilised
According to the first-time governor, the Center for International Health Education and Bio-Security (CIHEB Kenya) pumped Ksh650 million into the county coffers. According to Wavinya, the money will help Machakos County manage Tuberculosis (TB).
Catholic Medical Mission Board and Respiratory Society of Kenya supplemented CIHEB Kenya's donation by adding Ksh40 million and Ksh10.3 million, respectively, to tackle the disease.
Other donors who supported Wavinya's bid to revolutionise healthcare in Machakos included the Center for Health Solutions, which gave Ksh4.4 million, Hellen Keller International, Ksh18 million and Deaf Empowerment Kenya, Ksh115 million.
The South Eastern University (SEKU) further pledged to support students for clinical placement by giving them Ksh2,000 per head.
"I am happy to report that Malteser has also trained our emergency responders and ambulance drivers during this first phase of their Programme and will continue with capacity-building for our Emergency response staff. We have a five-year contract with Malteser as our Resource Partners," she further announced.
"As County Government, we have allocated a total of Ksh77.1 million in the supplementary budget.
"We are resolute in our commitment to improving emergency response services in Machakos County and ensuring the well-being and safety of our residents," she further stated.
Wavinya disclosed that the fund will ease pressure and reduce overreliance on medical facilities in Nairobi to admit patients from Machakos County.