Kerugoya County Referral Hospital opens new modern kitchen
Kirinyaga County government has commissioned a new modern kitchen and a laundry unit to increase efficiency and to enhance the hygienic standards at Kerugoya County Referral Hospital.
The infrastructural development at the hospital is part of the health sector reforms that the county government is undertaking to enhance health care service delivery in the county. The projects will also go a long way in enhancing cleanliness at the facility which is one of the measures to curb the spread of corona virus. The modern kitchen is part of a new building that also hosts a laundry unit. Norman Njeru, Kerugoya County Referral Hospital Manager has said that the kitchen will enhance the capacity to cater for the growing needs of patients at the hospital. The hospital provides food for inpatients as well as dialysis patients. He said that the kitchen can handle food for around 400 people at one given time though the hospital currently cooks for around 200 patients daily.
The manager said that before the completion of the new kitchen, the hospital was using a makeshift kitchen since the one that existed before was demolished to give way to the new hospital complex coming up at the facility. He said that the new kitchen has more space in the cooking island, stores, a bigger cold-room, stand-alone washing sinks, two boilers(electric and gas)a brat fan, four hot plate cooker with an oven, four gas cookers and a stock pot stove that is gas powered. There is also a fridge parking, a bulk store and a daily ration store. There is also a vegetable processor and universal mixer as well as a hooded dishwasher. The serving area is big and fully separated from the cooking area.
“Unlike in the previous kitchen set-up, the semi mechanization in the new kitchen will increase output while safety in the kitchen has been increased by the plan of the building and also the installation of fire extinguishers. The kitchen is also more orderly since there’s adequate storing space for utensils and foodstuff” said the manager.