By Gerald Mutethia
Tharaka Nithi governor Muthomi Njuki’s lobbying skills have borne fruits and the Hungarian
and Austrian governments have finally installed medical equipment worth Sh7.2 million.
Njuki, who received donations from two ambassadors at the Chuka Referral Hospital
thanked the government of Hungary and Austria saying the equipment will be put to good use
to benefit the residents.
Njuki said the machine will reduce the long queue waiting witnessed at the hospital by
patients for their test results in the laboratories and wards.
Njuki said he hopes to expand the service to other hospitals in the county based on the
the success of machines.
“The equipment will enable the hospital lab to conduct 250 tests per hour replacing the
current 120 tests per hour. My government will be collaborating with the Hungarian and
Austrian governments in other fields such as agriculture and water,” Njuki said.
The two countries have also partnered with Prime Health Pharm Ltd as the exclusive
distributors of the machines. The company will also provide 24-hour maintenance services.
Hungarian Ambassador Zsolt Meszaros said that his government is pleased to offer the
hospital high-quality hematology analyzer equipment for conducting various laboratory tests
which will boost faster results for patients.
“Our biggest investment in Kenya is the 200 fully paid scholarships offered in various
disciplines. Medical personnel is encouraged to apply for scholarships in order to come back
and boost the health sector in the country,” he said.
On her part, Commercial Counsellor at the Austrian Embassy Ms. Edith Predorf said that the
The Austrian government’s main partnership with Kenya is the health sector.
“The equipment will provide quality service in sample analysis of Kidney, Liver, and Cardio
tests done in the laboratories. The equipment comes with a maintenance package
including spare parts and the technology required to maintain it. we have partnered with a
company that will ensure the equipment is well maintained,” she said.
The Austrian Government is also collaborating with the Kenyan Government in other sectors
such as agriculture, climate change, and water management.
They also agreed on ways to leverage a high level of technology in the medical, water, and
agriculture sector within the next five years which will be a great benefit to the people.
Managing Director Prime Health Pharm Ltd, George Kihara, said that the equipment is cost-
effective with accurate results and the patient is expected to spend less.