By Reuben Olita
In its bid to expand the provision of healthcare services to residents, the County Government of Busia has commissioned Buyofu Dispensary in Bukhayo East Ward, Nambale Sub County.
The facility was commissioned by the Chief Officer Health and Sanitation, Dr Isaac Omeri on behalf of Busia Governor, H.E Sospeter Ojaamong. Over 5,000 residents will access basic primary healthcare services including those in need of the Covid-19 jab.
Dr Omeri stressed that the opening of the facility is part of Ojaamong’s plan to devolve services closer to the locals by increasing the number of hospitals.
“We have managed to add over 16 dispensaries across the County besides upgrading 17 health facilities.
Nambale Sub County has three including Khayo dispensary that has been elevated to a health centre, Lupida Health centre to a Sub County Hospital and Malanga dispensary to a health centre.
The Chief Officer, who was accompanied by the County Health Management Team (CHMT) members, said they have made strides in transforming the health sector, adding that much has been done in ensuring that locals get effective and efficient services.
Residents said it is a sigh of relief especially to expectant mothers who had been forced to seek services from far flung health facilities among them Mudembu and Nambale.
“We want to thank Busia Governor for opening this dispensary. As women we had to trek several kilometres with our children on the back to access health services. We can now afford a smile since this new facility will alleviate our health problems, “said Eldas Ekesa.
The County Health Administrator Ali Atemba said it is a major milestone towards the realization of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Bukhayo East MCA Laban Mukhwana said the dispensary is the biggest in the Sub County, adding that through the ward development projects, funds will be factored in the budget to fence the facility as well as address the issue of water.
The construction of the facility started in March 2011 as a Nambale CDF project.
The County Government through the Busia Department of Health and Sanitation also commissioned Okwata and Kotur Dispensaries to ensure residents get health services.