Nairobi County has lately experienced an influx of patients across its health facilities, Governor Mike Sonko has said.
Sonko attributes this to improved service delivery and upgraded infrastructure in county hospitals.
Speaking shortly after visiting several hospitals in Nairobi on Thursday, Sonko stated that "Recent upgrade initiatives in the five major county hospitals have seen residents develop more trust in the public facilities resulting in high numbers of patients seeking services there."
He added that his focus will remain in bettering and improving healthcare in the city noting that “the influx is an indication that the public is gaining trust in our facilities."
County Health CeC Mohamed Dagane said despite the influx, no patient has or will be turned away.
“We cannot turn away the patients even if they come from our neighbouring counties of Machakos, Kiambu, Kajiado and Murang'a," observed Dagane.
At Mama Lucy Hospital, the number of patients has increased from 17,845 to 26,165 over the last two years while at Mbagathi Hospital, the number of patients recorded in the outpatient department has risen to 175,860 from 133,916.