By Allan Wanjiku
Barely a month after the completion of Muranga ICU, the facility has rescued an orphan whose life was hanging in the balance after lacking Sh400000 to be admitted to another ICU facility.
The orphan was unconscious when the ICU (name withheld) refused to admit her when her relatives rushed her to Muranga ICU where she was admitted for free.
A month later, the girl has regained her conscious and can now work again thanks to the doctors and the nurses working at the new facility.
Her aunt told Kkonlinenews.co.ke that she was dumbfounded when the administrators of the ICU demanded a deposit of Sh400000 which she has never seen with her eyes nor touched with her hands.
“I did not know the way forward, I was confused were it not for the Muranga ICU facility I don’t know what I could have done,” she said.
Governor Mwangi Wa Iria announced on Thursday that the girl will be discharged any time from now and will not be charged a coin.
Speaking when he received a ventilator, two monitors and a bed from Family Bank at the County headquarters, he said the facility has attracted more patients from other Counties due to the fully fledged ICU.
“The first inaugural patient was the orphan who could not deposit Sh400000 to the ICU facility where her relatives had taken her, we are happy that she is stable and can walk by herself despite staying for 3 weeks under the life support machine,” Wa Iria said.
For the private ICU facility, the relatives would have been forced to cough out more than Sh4 million.
He said the ICU will not charge a coin to patients during the period of combating the Covid-19 pandemic.
At the same time, the County chief thanked Family Bank for their donation saying it is the only institution that has donated a ventilator.
“We are very appreciative for Family Bank for donating a life saving machine, they have actually donated a life to Muranga people and we shall look into ways on how we can partner with them in their finance sector,” he said.
On her part, Family Bank CEO Rebecca Mbithi said the finance institution has been going round counties donating various equipment to help in the fight against Covid-19.
She said although they institution has also been hit by the pandemic they decided to help both levels of government to contain the disease.
“We have been to Kiambu, Nakuru and other counties to assist various counties to contain the pandemic. We have also restructured facilities worth Sh14 billion due to the corona virus,” the CEO added.