FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
COUNTY ASSEMBLY OF EMBU
PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE 2ND DECEMBER 2019
MCA RAISES RED FLAG OVER AILING COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH SECTOR
The lives of patients seeking medical services in public hospitals in Embu County are at risk due to poor service delivery, a Ward Representative has alleged.
Minority Leader Lenny Masters Mwaniki, while seeking a Statement from the County Assembly’s Health Committee wondered why there was an acute shortage of medical drugs and nonpharmaceutical supplies in all public hospitals in the county, yet there was a budgetary allocation for the same.
The Kiambere MCA also demanded a list of the latest supply of drugs and nonpharmaceutical items indicating the exact dates the supply was made and the specific health facilities that received the stocks. He at the same time wants an explanation as to when members of the public can expect drug supplies to be replenished.
Mwaniki observed that there was public outcry due to the biting shortage of medicine and other supplies necessary for treating basic conditions in all public hospitals in the county. He warned that some health facilities were almost shutting down, saying it was too agonising to watch as helpless patients are referred to private clinics for lack of drugs in public hospitals.
He added that while all private health institutions may not have specialised medical personnel competent to handle the various conditions handled at public hospitals, it was unfortunate to accept that the skilled healthcare workers at county-run hospitals were only sitting idle all day due to lack of basic supplies and medicine.
In addition, the MCA called for explanation of the issues that have led to a countywide strike by Clinical Officers since 3rd November 2019. He as well requested that the Assembly be furnished with an outline of the steps taken by the County Government to amicably address the matter and ensure that the Clinical Officers resume duty.
And in a bid to enforce accountability of donor funds in the health sector, the Minority Leader further wants the Health Department to give a breakdown of the activities funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and how much each health facility had received in the 2018/2019 Financial Year.
Health Committee Chairman Muturi Mwombo pledged to summon senior officers in the health docket to shed light into the issues raised by the Minority Leader and report back to the House on Thursday 5th November 2019.
The Ruguru Ngandori MCA thanked his Kiambere counterpart for his vigilance and welcomed him to follow the committee’s proceedings while seeking answers to the statement.