ICU development

Critical care units in Sub-Saharan Africa are in need of rescue. Starting from increasing the number of units to equipping the units, from increasing the number of staff to ensuring the staff have the skills. CPHD, along with GE Foundation and Assist International, has begun this work in Western Kenya with one of the largest of strategically-located public health facilities in the region. Together, the team has built the most well-equipped critical care unit Western Kenya has ever seen.

Ideally, each bed in an ICU should have a complete set of associated monitoring equipment, suction apparatus, infusion pumps and a ventilator. The set-up is necessary for the ICU staff to close monitor the patient’s condition. At Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH), the reality was far from the ideal scenario. With the new unit, the facility, which serves 10-15 million people, is now able to admit even renal patients and babies in critical condition.

The hospital is one of the few healthcare facilities, public and private, in Western Kenya to have a CCU. Such units involve a team of specially trained health professionals keeping close, constant watch on critically ill patients. Before this, patients used to turn to a private facility in the area, which was the best equipped till JOOTRH got the new unit. The unit has 7 beds—the highest for any such unit in the region—and has the capacity to admit renal patients and also infants. This is double the capacity of the hospital’s old ICU. The hospital will now be able to accept more referrals from other hospitals.