Vihiga County Referral Hospital is a level 5 government healthcare facility located in Maragoli. The facility was formerly known as the Vihiga District Hospital. Vihiga County Referral Hospital
The County Government of Vihiga is committed to providing equitable, affordable and quality health care of the highest standard to all its residents as stipulated in the Bill of Rights in the Constitution 2010. To achieve this, the department of health services developed a county health strategic plan for 2013 – 2018 which provides a roadmap of how the Health Department intends to provide Health Services in an enabling environment.
This strategic plan unveils the Health Department’s Vision, Mission, goal, strategic objectives, core values and functions; policy priorities, investment areas, implementation framework and the resource requirements between 2013 and 2018. The plan is aligned and anchored to the Integrated County development Plan, National Health Policy, The Kenya Health Sector Strategic and Investment Plan, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and The Kenya Vision 2030. The department is governed by a lean team which consists of the County Executive member, Chief Officer, County Director and five heads of divisions namely: Head of Curative, Diagnostic and Rehabilitative Services; Head of Health Administrative and supportive services; Head of Health Information, Planning, M&E; Head of Preventive and Promotive health services; Head of Nursing and Family Health Services. Consequently, this health management team oversees other 600 officers working within 32 different cadres out of which 310 are nurses, for effective service delivery. Currently, the department has a total of 43 public health facilities which comprises 3 hospitals, 18 health centers and 22 dispensaries.
All these facilities are well spread in the entire County within a radius of not more than 5 kilometers apart. The department has realized very significant achievements since its inception. This includes, establishment of County Medical Training College in collaboration with Kenya Medical Training College, currently with a total of 200 students whereby the majority comes from our county; Opening of 3 new Dispensaries; Procurement of 3 fully equipped ambulances to aid patients emergency and referral services; construction of an oxygen plant at county referral hospital and modernization of the mortuary is ongoing; employment of 163 health workers in various cadres, Procurement of assorted equipment for our public health facilities; completion of 20 stalled health projects; Renovations and improvement works in 5 public health facilities; procurement of drugs, non pharmaceuticals and other medical commodities necessary for quality health care.
Our strategic direction is to improve, upgrade and equip the existing facilities without opening any other new one in order to gain optimum output from the available human resources, financial resources and infrastructure which includes buildings, equipment and technology. In addition, the department shall upgrade six health facilities in the five sub counties to hospitals that can provide level four hospital services.
The county referral hospital will be modernized. Plans are at an advanced stage to commence construction of a six storey plaza that will house various wards that will accommodate a capacity of 160 beds including executive wing, several theaters, ICU unit, Dialysis unit, administration offices and medical school classes among others. More specialists will be employed and more sophisticated diagnostic equipment will be procured for managing patients with chronic diseases.
Address: Unnamed Road Lugaga-Wamuluma Vihiga Vihiga KE, Kenya
Hospital Level Level 5
Type County Referral Hospital
Medical Services Inpatient and Outpatient
VCRH STRATEGIC PLAN
The Constitution of Kenya 2010 grants Kenyans several rights among them being the right to health.Article 43(1)(a) guarantees every person the right to the highest attainable standards of health care services.This hospital strategic plan is aligned to the Health strategic and Investment Plan, the County Integrated Development Plan(CIDP), the National Health Strategic Plan(NHSP), the Medium Term Expenditure Framework(MTEF) Budgetary System and the Vision 2030.
This is the first hospital strategic plan for Vihiga County Referral Hospital since its inception in 2002 then known as Vihiga District Hospital.The formulation of this strategic plan has been an elaborate and consultative process involving the hospital staff, the Hospital Management Team(HMT), the Hospital Management Committee(HMC) and the leadership of the department of health VihigaCounty.The GIZ has been an instrumental partner in making the planning process a success.
The Strategic Planning Committee(SPC) carried out a situational analysis and subsequently developed strategic objectives in line with the Ministry of Health policies and guidelines.The plan is to be implemented over a five year period(2018– 2022) with monitoring and evaluation at certain points of the duration.The focus of the strategic plan is to enable the hospital to operate effectively as a level 5 referral health institution in Vihiga County and its environs.
The hospital management is keen to work with staff and stakeholders to make the plan a reality and to fulfill the goal of making the institution a health facility of choice in the region at large.
The strategic objectives of the strategic plan are:
- To have an effective and efficient hospital management, leadership and governance system.
- To broaden the scope and enhance the quality of clinical services
- To optimize health workforce size, skills, motivation and distribution
- To have an efficient health management and information syste.
- To modernize and revolutionize health infrastructure
- To increase resource mobilization, streamline budgeting and expenditure processes and strengthen accountability systems
- ensure availability and rational use of effective, safe and affordable health products and technologies
Vihiga County and Referral Hospital
VCRH plays its roles in the county by providing a wide range of health services in partnership with the greater community and other institutions. Some of the roles played by the hospital in the county include
- Acting as a county referral hospitals for the 3 sub county hospitals and as an intermediary to the National and Teaching referral hospitals.
- The implementation of health policy at facility level and maintaining quality standards.
- Serving as a county center for provision of specialized health care..
- Providing technical support to sub-county hospitals and health centers.
- Offering teaching and training for health care personnel such as nurses, medical interns, pharmacist interns, pharmaceutical technologist interns,laboratory technologists, health records and information officers and nutritionists.
Vihiga County has 4 sub-county hospitals, 18 health centers, 23 dispensaries and a number of private and mission hospitals and clinics. The hospital serves as the county referral hospital and is gazetted as a level 5 health institution thus handling critical cases referred from the above lower level facilities. Cases requiring specialized care are referred from dispensaries/clinics (Level 2), health centers (Level 3), sub county hospitals and mission hospitals (Level 4)either sequentially or directly.
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