Eldoret Municipal Council in Kenya has announced that it will expand six health centres, with the help of US donors, to reduce overcrowding at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
Eldoret Mayor William Rono was quoted by allAfrica.com as saying that the six health centres to be expanded include a maternity facility which will give special clinical care to pregnant mothers.
"We have six health centres and dispensaries but they are poorly equipped and we have managed to convince our friends in the United States to help us equip the hospitals," Rono said, adding that the expansion would mean fewer cases of minor diseases will be referred to the Moi Hospital, reducing the congestion at the hospital.
A delegation from the Referral Hospital and Eldoret Municipal Council is heading to the US to sign a deal with Minnesota University to improve of healthcare and social services in Eldoret.
Rono and director of the Referral Hospital Dr John Kibosia will lead the delegation during the ten-day tour where they will be hosted by the city of Minneapolis.
Minnesota University is set to train nurses and other healthcare providers from Eldoret.