Deputy President William Ruto has hailed the County Government of Kericho for organizing a free medical camp which saw a team of cardiology experts from the United States of America and Kenya team up to conduct free cardiac implantation surgeries at the Kericho County Referral Hospital.
Speaking to the doctors when they paid him a courtesy call at his official residence in Karen, Nairobi, DP Ruto termed the events as that took place in Kericho between February 19 and February 24 as “unique.”
He thanked the doctors from the State of Michigan (USA) who were led by University of Michigan Consultant Cardiologist Prof Thomas Crawford, for working with the county government of Kericho to make the surgeries a reality.
Mr Ruto noted that the free medical surgeries conducted by the doctors had marked a huge step in the medical sector and pledged that the national government would work with the county governments to boost the health sector.
“The National Government is making available specialized equipment, technology and supplies to equip hospitals in all counties to ensure all Kenyans access reliable, quality and affordable care close to their homes,” said Mr Ruto.
Governor Paul Chepkwony, who led the team of doctors and members of the County Executive Committee to the Deputy President’s residence, thanked Mr Ruto for creating time to meet the doctors.
Prof Chepkwony assured the Deputy President that the Kericho County Government would work hand in hand with the national government to advance the four pillar agenda outlined by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He added that the free surgeries had benefitted people who would have had no chance of undergoing treatment owing to the fact that most hospitals charge a hefty fee which is unreachable to many Kenyans struggling with life.
The team of doctors from Michigan have pledged to continue their partnership with the County Government of Kericho in the area of cardiology to enable more people access the service in the future.