Tana River residents will henceforth receive kidney medication at the Hola Referral hospital after the county administration commissioned its first renal unit.
The equipment set up through a partnership between the county and national government in 2013 had failed to resume operations after the machines experienced major breakages during transportation and lack of trained specialists.
Speaking during the commissioning at the Hola Hospital grounds Tana River Governor Dhadho Godhana said the facilities will enable the locals to get specialised medical care easily compared to initial challenges that warranted referrals to Mombasa and Kilifi Counties.
‘‘People used to spend a lot of money to get such services now there is no reason for people to go to Kilifi for scanning, even Kilifi people can come to Tana River for scanning,’’ he said.
Mr Godhana said that for the first time in history, the county had a fully fitted radiology equipment, a CT Scan and the renal unit the initially the county never imagined having.
He further said the administration will embark on expanding the facility, to ensure the five-bed renal unit accommodated more than 20, making the county an alternative for the coastal counties.
Also present during the launch was the County Commissioner Oningo Ole Sossio. County secretary Joshua Jara, County CEC health Mwanajuma Hirbae together with other top county government officials.
The County Commissioner said he was happy to witness the development done by the government.