Residents of Barut and its environs in Nakuru Town West have a reason to smile following the opening of Kigonor Community Dispensary.
The County Government of Nakuru has used Sh1 million to equip the facility constructed in the 2017/18 financial year.
Previously, locals had to travel for over to 6 kilometres to seek health services at Kapkures Dispensary.
The County will also connect the facility with electricity in addition to drilling a borehole for clean and sufficient water.
Health Chief Officer Mr Samuel King’ori said the dispensary will stock antivenom due to many cases of snake bites.
Barut Ward neighbours Lake Nakuru National Park also has many quarry pits, a conducive habitat for snakes and other reptiles.
The facility will also provide other Level 2 services- preventive, curative and antenatal care services.
In the next financial year, the facility will have staff houses as well as a perimeter fence and a gate.
The County Government of Nakuru is committed to meet the World Health Organization standard of having a primary health facility within a radius of 5 km.
The Health Department is using over Sh1 billion in the 2019/20 financial year to upgrade and equip health facilities across the County.
Early this year, the County Government of Nakuru sought for the employment of over 350 healthcare workers to meet the recommended patient- healthcare worker ratio.