Laikipia's LHS Equipment Leasing Takes Shape

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The Laikipia Health Service's dream of installing top-of-the-range medical equipment, to bring better services closer to the people is becoming a reality following the signing of a contract to deliver equipment. The first supplier signed contracts with the county government towards leasing dialysis equipment, on Thursday 14th April 2022 at the County Secretary's office.

  

The County Government of Laikipia has rolled out a program, whereby we equip all of our health facilities with state-of-the-art medical equipment. County Secretary Mr. Karanja Njora said. We have identified three suppliers, who will do this through a leading program that has been agreed upon.he added.

  

Leasing is an alternative way of providing sophisticated and expensive machines without buying them. Laikipia County already has an ongoing leasing program for road construction equipment.

  

We are set to invest close to 500 million shillings in our health sector, under our medical leasing program. Laikipia Health Service Chief Officer Dr. Donald Mogoi said. Today what we are signing is a contract worth 26 million out of that investment, and this is specifically to get us 15 dialysis machines, 15 dialysis beds, and also a water treatment plant for our dialysis units.he added.

  

Through this leasing program, LHS Nyahururu will begin offering dialysis services, free to people on the NHIF insurance cover. The contractor is expected to complete a 10-bed dialysis unit at this hospital. The facility is expected to begin serving patients by the end of May.

  

The Laikipia Health Service has also been offering dialysis at LHS Nanyuki since 2017, and with the installment of additional dialysis machinery, it will increase its capacity from seven beds to twelve.

  

Under this leasing program, the LHS will also upgrade equipment in laboratories and theatres. The equipment will be installed at different facilities within the county for the maximum benefit of the residents.

  

The advantage of going the leasing way as opposed to buying is that in case of breakages, the machine will be serviced immediately by the contracting company, thus reducing the downtime period.

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