A UK based health body, the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is seeking to partner with Busia County through the Busia County Referral Hospital, in a bid to make the referral hospital a link for Wales’ local health programs in Africa
A delegation of five medics from the UK based Board, led by Consultant Vascular surgeon Tony Da Silva, after meeting with Busia County Governor Sospeter Ojaamong on Monday, said that they have successfully supported two African links are are now exploring Busia County Referral Hospital as the third link in their African targeted health partnerships.
Da Silva told the Governor who was flanked by his Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi that their week long tour of the County is to fact-find and assess the needs of the hospital, match skills and expertise that their staff can offer.
“We have also come to assess the expertise and resources at the hospital, educational support required, supporting infrastructure and clinical practice among others,” he said.
Da Silva added that they also want to ensure the hospital delivers primary and secondary care facilities and support some diagnostic facilities through voluntary fundraising.
The Governor Ojaamong confirmed that Busia County government is willing to support such ventures if they have good intentions, adding that the county technical teams will work with the visiting medics to identify priority areas.
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi said Busia County Refferral Hospital serves both Kenya and Uganda because of treaties, emphasiszing on the need for increased support to address several challenges facing the health institution.
The visiting team from the Uk included Janerose Buyiekha, BCUHB Kenya Link Administrator, Jackie Williams (Vascular Nurse specialist), Gill Rake (Orthopaedic Casting nurse), Dawn Ross (Orthopaedic advanced nurse and Michael Greenslade (Teacher Administrator).
Other BSuia County staff present at the meeting included Chief Officer for Health and Sanitation Dr Isaac Omeri, County Director Medical Services Dr Janerose Ambuchi, BCRH Medical superintendent Dr David Mukabi and Deputy Chief Nurse Sister Lumili Aquinata.