Travelling long distances for Emuhaya residents is now a thing of the past after Vihiga Governor officially opened an operation theatre at Emuhaya Sub County Hospital.
The theatre will now ease pressure on the surgery facility at the County Referral Hospital in Mbale. On a daily basis, three people are referred to Vihiga County Referral Hospital in Mbale.
Speaking at the launch, Vihiga Governor Dr. Wilber Ottichilo said his government is committed to improving healthcare provision to Vihiga people. "In my manifesto I promised to upgrade Emuhaya hospital to a Sub County level Four status, I am happy that this dream has come to pass", said the Governor. " There were a lot of challenges at this facility like lack of adequate power supply due to the 2-phase line that was here, I am happy that after my intervention the line was changed to a 3-phase", he added. A standby generator has been installed at the facility to mitigate power shortages.
The operation theatre installed has the capacity of conducting simple and complex procedures including emergency operations.
Emuhaya Sub County Medical Officer of Health Dr. Joel Edalia said the theatre will help in giving residents the much needed services. " I am putting notice to our County Referral Hospital in Mbale, to be ready for healthy competition regarding surgical operations", said Dr. Edalia.
The Governor urged Vihiga residents to be proactive in supporting his administration so as to deliver on the promises made. He urged youths to constructively use social media for edification.