Lodwar County referral hospital in Turkana County on Wednesday received medical equipment worth Sh21 million from Global Fund and the Kenya Red Cross Society.

Global Fund’s Head of High Impact Africa, Linden Morrison and Deputy Secretary General of the Kenya Red Cross Society, Abshiro Halake handed over the equipment to area Governor Josephat Nanok.

Morrison and Halake expressed their organisation’s commitment to supporting the health sector in the county.

“We understand the importance of having healthy members of the society in the development of the county and nation at large. We shall continue to support the realisation of these goals,” said Morrison.

Governor Josphat Nanok inspects medical equipment worth Sh21 million donated by the Global Fund and Kenya Red Cross Society

Nanok lauded development partners for supporting county governments in the transformation of the health sector, especially in Turkana County.

The sector, he said, was one of the areas adversely affected by negligence before the advent of devolution but has now received an overhaul, courtesy of devolution and donations from humanitarian organisations.

“Four years ago, the health sector here was chaotic, it was in shambles and residents were either going for traditional medicine or seeking medical services from privately owned facilities that were poorly resourced and ill equipped. We are happy of the good job done in health,” the Governor said.

He said partnership with organisations such as the Red Cross had boosted services offered and contributed to the change of face of the health sector.

He cited the transformation of the Lodwar Referral Hospital from a district hospital to a level 5 facility that residents of Turkana were proud of.

He added that though the transformation was expensive, the changes were worth the amount of money invested as proven by the sector’s ability to withstand the severe drought that hit the county from late last year.

Earlier during their meeting, the Governor appealed to KRC to roll out a cash transfer programme to support people living with HIV/AIDS, increase assistance on drought and emergency response programmes and other health-related projects supported by the humanitarian organisation.