Lodwar county referral hospital acquires laundry machines to boost hygiene

health executive jane ajele closes the dryer machine as lodwar med sup dr. Gilchrist Lokoel looks on PHOTO: ROBERT KARIUKI
health executive jane ajele closes the dryer machine as lodwar med sup dr. Gilchrist Lokoel looks on PHOTO: ROBERT KARIUKI

BY ROBERT KARIUKI LODWAR, TURKANA SOUTH

Hygiene at the Lodwar county referral hospital is set to improve after the launch of three laundry machines, including a washing machine, a dryer and an ironer. The machines which were launched by county health and sanitation executive Jane Ajele earlier this month will be used to clean clothes, beddings and official garments used by patients and the hospital staff.

The machines were procured at a cost of Ksh. 15 million from Total Solution Health firm and will be operated by locally trained personnel. Some years ago, the national government gave the hospital with only a washing machine. But after years of service to the 200-bed hospital, there was need for quick replacement.
It is anticipated the purchase of the three machines will reduce the time used to clean, dry and iron a large quantity of clothes and will also use less labour.
It will require about three trained personnel to operate the machines which will clean, dry and iron more than 200 clothes in just 6 hours.
The Health executive Jane Ajele said that this was the first time the hospital received a complete set of laundry machines, “This is the first time we are having a washing machine, a dryer and an ironer together, we can now be sure that patients using sheets and linens are safe because everything is now up to standards,” she said.

“We have also confirmed that the ironer irons at 80 degrees Celsius meaning that all micro-organisms are destroyed and we have also seen that the washing machine uses Jik as a laundry detergent so the quality is not compromised, all fungal, bacterial or viral micro-organisms will be completely destroyed,” the executive added.

Although the machines will benefit the patients and staff, the hospital will have to grapple with power bills. “Though the electricity bills will go up we know that our customers (patients) will be satisfied and whatever they will be paying will act as a supplement to what we have.
Those with NHIF cards will be paying higher because they are taken care of Part of a classroom structure used earlier beforethe construction of new classrooms by the insurance funds, we don’t want to bring other revenue generating activities because that will create a different picture,” said Ms. Ajele.
Lodwar county referral hospital medical superintendent Dr. Gilchrist Lokoel said, “It is in the interest of patients that the ministry decided to get these big and powerful machines to ensure that the An ambulance.


aspect of service delivery to the patients has been improved,” he said.
Dr. Lokoel also explained that funds for paying electricity bills will be generated from the hospital. “The reason why we have facility improvement funds is so that we can take care of such issues, so the money we receive from the cost-sharing plus our budget allocation is able to cater for everything so that the patient can be healthy in the long run,” he added.
The acquisition of the machines is part of an on-going project to upgrade the facility to a teaching and referral hospital in the next few years.






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