The county government of Bungoma is looking forward to put up a sickle cell anaemia clinic in memory of Griffins Walumboko who succumbed to sickle cell anaemia on 29th January 2020.
Mr. Walumbokho worked in the office of the first lady as her personal assistant and had started an initiative to give hope to victims of sickle cell anaemia.
The county governor Wycliffe wangamati who spoke on 05 february during the burial ceremony of Walumbokho at Bungoma KMTC grounds said that the county government through the ministry of health will set up a clinic that will help sickle cell anaemia patients receive the best palliative care.
“I urge the ministry of health to work closely with me and ensure as a county we have a centre where those suffering from this deadly disease will receive appropriate medication and care,” said Wangamati.
The county boss noted that Bungoma County will be the first county to have such a clinic in the history of Kenya.
“Statistics show that more than 5,000 babies are born with sickle cell anaemia and it is high time we make a step and curb this menace,” he said
Wangamati added that there is congestion at Bungoma County Referral hospital and the county is investing in heath by putting up the 300 bed capacity maternity wing to address the current congestion.
“The 252 bed capacity wing was set up in 1952 when the population was about 500, 000 people. Today, Bungoma has more than 1.7 million people, leading to congestion at the hospital,” noted the governor.
The deputy governor Charles Ngome urged the residents of the county to be supportive to the county government as they work to ensure the electorates receive the best services.
“ As a county government we are working to ensure our people get the best services. I urge residents to support us in this journey to make Bungoma better,” said Ngome.
On her part, Bungoma first lady Carolyne Wangamati appealed to the Kenya Haemophillia Association (KHA) to partner with Bungoma county government to set up the clinic that will save lots of lives.
“ I urge the Kenya Haemophillia Association to partner with us as we start this journey to save lives of kenyans who are born with sickle cell anaemia,” said the first lady.