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Kisumu County Hospital

The institution which is situated at the centre of Kisumu city, just next to Kisumu Bus Park, is said to have been established in the year 1900 during the building of Kenya – Uganda Railway.

Initially it was an army barracks for the colonial government. It was where the officers in the barracks went for treatment whenever they felt sick. It served the whole Western Region.

It was so for quite a long time until it was turned into a native hospital where they trained Health Workers more specifically on dressing wounds. It served as a regional hospital, by then known as Old Nyanza Provincial General Hospital until the year 1969 when the New Nyanza Provincial General Hospital (Russia) was built through the help of the Russian government.

The establishment of the New Nyanza Provincial General Hospital did not render the former functionless, instead the two institutions worked in collaboration for quite a long time in that some medical wards were transferred to the New Nyanza Provincial General Hospital while some remained at the institution. Up to now the institution still hosts the Provincial psychiatric ward, which serves the whole Nyanza region.

The two hospitals worked in collaboration until 1991-1992 when the agency was made a referral district hospital for the then greater Kisumu district being separated from the New Nyanza Provincial General Hospital. With the emergence of devolution, the facility has been transformed to Kisumu East County Teaching and Referral Hospital.

The Management:

The hospital is headed by the Medical Superintendent, who is in charge of co-ordination and implementation of services to the clients/patients.


1: Internal Medicine

2: Paediatric and Child Health

3: Surgery

4: Obstetrics and Gynaecology

5: Psychiatry and Mental Health

6: Training and Research

7: Laboratory

8: Pharmacy

9: Dental

10: Social Work

11: Nutrition and Dietetics

12: Nursing

13: Accounts Department

14: Imaging and Diametric Department

15: Public Health Department

16: Medical Engineering Department

17: Mortuary Services

18: Casualty and Emergencies

19: Health Records Information Department

20: Physiotherapy Department

21: Administration/finance Department

22: IT Department

23: Procurement Department

24: Accounts Department

25: Out Patient

The medical interns or students placed for their medical electives in this facility are therefore qualified for clinical rotations in all the departments. This gives them the exposure and hands-on experience that they require in their medical profession.

Tourists attraction sites:

Kit Mikayi

Kit-Mikayi is a rock formation, at, around 40 m high situated

about 29 km west of the town of Kisumu in western Kenya.

It is about 1 km from the Kisumu-Bondo road.