Residents of Maili Nane in Nanyuki, Laikipia County, will now have easier access to health care services following the commissioning of a state-of-the-art health care facility constructed by Kenya Pipeline Company’s philanthropic arm, the KPC Foundation.

The facility, worth Sh8 million, is expected to enhance access to basic healthcare needs for the Maili Nane community members and boost overall delivery of healthcare services in Laikipia County.

Speaking at the unveiling of the facility, KPC Managing Director Joe Sang noted that while access to quality healthcare is a constitutional right, millions of Kenyans cannot afford to pay for heath services hence KPC’s commitment to boost healthcare delivery in the grassroots.

“Only few Kenyans have access to a medical cover. A staggering huge number of the Kenyan population is excluded from quality healthcare coverage. Consequently, most Kenyans spend a huge amount of their income on health. As such, the KPC Foundation has a key focus on enhancing provision of healthcare services in the country thus the 8 Million investment in the construction and equipping of this facility,” he said.

“We will also conduct a two-day free medical camp at the dispensary. This will be the 11th medical camp since the KPC Foundation was founded. We endeavor to scale the medical camps to other counties across the country,” added Sang.

On his part, Laikipia County Governor Joshua Irungu stated that the dispensary has brought healthcare closer to the doorsteps of Maili Nane community members and will go a long way in ensuring the disease burden in Laikipia County is reduced through early detection and treatment of diseases at the facility.

“The strategic location of Maili Nane makes the facility a central point for the community, ensuring that residents in and around Nanyuki have access to essential medical services. The facility is equipped with modern medical infrastructure, diagnostic equipment, consultation rooms and specialized treatment areas. In the near future, we will expand the facility and build a maternity ward,” said Governor Irungu.

During the free medical camp, over 500 patients were screened and treated for various ailments, including breast and cervix cancers, reproductive health checkups, and nutritional anomalies.

By Fred Odanga Azelwa.