| Aug 10, 2023
Traumatic times for Londiani Sub-County Hospital
Londiani Sub-County Hospital
Thank you for supporting this project and the partnership between Mayo University Hospital and Londiani Sub-County Hospital. Every day your donations are helping to create stronger health systems and healthier communities across Kericho County.
The team at Londiani Sub-County Hospital have been through a very traumatic time recently as they were the closest health facility in response to a very tragic road accident at Londiani junction on June 30th. 52 people lost their lives, many were injured and hundreds of family members left without a bread winner.
The entire hospital team were involved in the response. They looked after many of the injured in the immediate hours following the accident. The bodies of 49 of the deceased were brought to the morgue at the hospital. The team supported the families of the bereaved throughout the identification process. We launched an emergency appeal to help with supplies of PPE, hand washing soap & sanitisers, disinfectants, body suits, food and water for staff and families of the bereaved and resources for a mobile blood bank unit to replenish blood bank supplies. The team have asked us to convey their gratitude to everyone who supported them through the most traumatic of times the hospital has experienced.
Looking ahead, this project will help support the hospital team with trauma skills training and essential trauma care equipment. In the long term, the hospital needs a casualty department because the sad reality is that as road networks improve the number of accidents are increasing. Meanwhile, day by day the hospital team get on with the tasks at hand and looking after a community in mourning.
Some good news is that we are very excited to be welcoming volunteers from Ireland to spend time with the staff and community in Kenya this October. Several of the volunteers are attached to Mayo University Hospital through radiology, orthopaedic surgery, nurse education and pharmacy. They will be sharing their skills and expertise along with supporting the Remote Emergency Care courses for Community Health Volunteers. This is a great opportunity to further develop the hospitals link and build relationships.
To coincide with the newly refurbished New Born Unit at the hospital, trainings for the staff have taken place to increase their skills and knowledge in emergency triage assessment and treatment of children and new-borns. The New Born Unit will means that babies can be treated at the hospital in Londiani instead of being referred to Kericho County Referral Hospital which is approximately 50km distance. Referrals are often challenging for families due to costs and access, so the presence of the New Born Unit, together with trained staff in Londiani will contribute to the survival of more babies, and better long term outcomes.
Delivery of vaccination fridges and vaccine cooler boxes has been taking place at various health facilities and clinics. This equipment is a vital part of the process of storage and delivery for COVID-19 vaccines and childhood vaccination programme in remote areas. Children receive the BCG, polio, measles and rubella vaccines and from age 10 girls are given the HPV vaccine. Health care workers have also received training in Cold Chain Management to enable them to provide effective immunisation services to the community.
Thank you so much for your support.
Londiani Junction road traffic accident site
Mobile Blood Bank Unit set up
Vaccination fridge delivery Lemotit Dispensary
Kaylet Dispensary vaccination fridge & HPV vaccine
Health Care Worker training Cold Chain Management