By Reuben Olita
Port Victoria Sub county Hospital in Bunyala Sub county is set to get uninterrupted water supply as plans to install a 50,000 litres (50m3) pressed elevated steel tank commenced on Wednesday with site handover to the contractor of the project.
The Sh 7 million project which is a partnership between the County Government of Busia and Lake Victoria North Water Works Development Agency (LVNWWDA) also entails installation of surface pump capable of pumping 50 cubic metres per hour at the Marenga station to improve supply of the commodity.
The project also has eight valve chambers, three Communal Water Points (CWPs)with six taps and three soak away pits amongst other components.
Speaking during a site handover to the contractor – Midlands Construction Company – LVNWWDA Director, Mediatrice Wangira said water scarcity had affected operations at the referral facility for the past five months.
“This project will not only address the challenges the hospital is facing but also the community around. I have also discussed with the LVNWWDA board on the need to return the Mobile Water Treatment plant to assist in purification of water,” she said.
Mrs Nelly Mukoko, the LVNWWDA Technical Manager for Community Development who had accompanied Mrs Wangira among other officers affirmed that the project will be up and running within two and a half months.
“The pump will be fixed within four days to ensure uninterrupted supply of water in the hospital as construction of the storage tank continues,” she said adding that county and the agency engineers will supervise the work to its conclusive end and within set timeframe.
County Chief Officer for Water (Lower Region), Dr George Ekisa lauded the agency for its unrelenting support having partnered with the Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’s administration on numerous projects.
“We are aware of the challenges facing the facility and the region at large occasioned by frequent pump breakdown. We are grateful to our partners and i want to assure residents that we still have several water projects that we will be launching in the region starting this Friday at Bulemia,” said Dr Ekisa.
The hospital management under Sub County Medical Officer for Health, Dr Enviller Pepela observed that the initiative will go along way in preventing waterborne infections and also boost operations in key departments such as maternity, theatre, kitchen and laundry.
Her sentiments were echoed by Sub county Deputy County Commissioner Grace Ouma who revealed that it has been a nightmare for hospital management to operate the facility without water thus commended the two entities for timely response.
The agency also donated a 5,000 liter tank to complement storage services available at the hospital.