Leaders in Bureti sub county have called on the government to commence the
construction of a referral hospital in Kericho to cater for specialised medical needs of the south rift residents.
The leaders who included a former Health Minister Paul Sang, noted
that they had set aside a 100 acres of land for the construction of the facility in Londiani area on request from the ministry three years ago but up to date, nothing has been done to show that there was an indication of constructing the facility.
Sang who also vied for the Kericho senatorial seat in a by election
noted that taking patients to Eldoret who need specialised treatment were making them loose them owing to the distance they cover on the road before they reach Eldoret.
Speaking during the burial ceremony of the late Catherine Sinei at Samuget village in Litein of Bureti Sub County who died last week in Eldoret referral hospital after being moved to the health facility for specialised treatment, Sang said that the life of Catherine who was a respected retired teacher and educationist could have been saved if
a good health facility was near.
The secretary to the Kipsigis council of elders Paul Kimeto said that a referral hospital was required urgently in Kericho to cater for the needs of the population of over one million residents in the South rift.
Kimeto said that they had lost the lives of many people from the area owing to the rigorous stretch of the road between Kericho and Eldoret and to save lives there is need to put up a referral health facility in Kericho.
The Kipsigis Council secretary at the same time said that biting drought in the Country had also negatively affected the volume of water in rivers in Kericho citing Itare River as one of them.
He said the move to build a dam upstream would cut off large volumes of water
and during dry spell season’s water would fail to flow downstream.
Fred Kirui who is an aspirant for the governorship position in Kericho
County said that residents of Bureti have for long been having water problems and promised to address the challenge if elected as county governor .
The Litein member of County assembly Mrs. Lillian Cheruiyot said that the county had set aside shillings 300 million for Kusumek water project to supply water to Litein town residents.