The Maili Nane community in Nanyuki, Laikipia County, is set to benefit from a newly commissioned healthcare facility, courtesy of the KPC Foundation, the philanthropic division of the Kenya Pipeline Company.
The Ksh.8 million facility is anticipated to improve access to essential healthcare services for the local community and enhance the overall healthcare delivery in Laikipia County.
At the facility’s unveiling, KPC’s Managing Director, Mr. Joe Sang, emphasized that despite the constitutional guarantee of quality healthcare, many Kenyans struggle to afford these services. This underscores KPC’s dedication to improving grassroots healthcare delivery.
He pointed out that a significant portion of the Kenyan population lacks medical coverage, leading to high out-of-pocket health expenses. Therefore, the KPC Foundation prioritizes improving healthcare services in the country, as evidenced by the 8 Million investment in building and equipping this facility.
Mr. Sang also announced plans for a two-day free medical camp at the dispensary, marking the 11th such event since the KPC Foundation’s inception. He expressed the foundation’s ambition to extend these medical camps to other counties nationwide.
Laikipia County Governor, H.E Joshua Irungu, praised the new dispensary for bringing healthcare services closer to the Maili Nane community. He believes the facility will significantly reduce the disease burden in Laikipia County through early disease detection and treatment.
Governor Irungu highlighted the strategic location of Maili Nane, making the facility a central point for the community. He assured that residents in and around Nanyuki would have access to essential medical services at the well-equipped facility, which boasts modern medical infrastructure, diagnostic equipment, consultation rooms, and specialized treatment areas. He also revealed plans to expand the facility with a maternity ward in the future.
Expressing his gratitude to KPC, Governor Irungu acknowledged the company’s commitment to addressing critical community needs, as demonstrated by their contribution to enhancing healthcare services in Nanyuki.
The free medical camp saw over 500 patients screened and treated for various conditions, including breast and cervix cancers, reproductive health issues, and nutritional anomalies.