Locals thwart attempt to transfer medical equipment

Residents of Moi Ndabi in Naivasha yesterday foiled an attempt to cart away medical equipment from a local health centre.

The irate residents blocked a lorry that was carrying the equipment at Kipkonyo Health Centre and chased away some officers from the county government.

The health centre was incidentally opened last week by Deputy Governor Erick Korir in a ceremony attended by senior government and county officials.

Trouble started after the county staff arrived at the health centre, which is yet to officially start operations and started loading the equipment onto the lorry.

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John Lang’at, a local leader, lashed out at the county government for hoodwinking residents by supplying the medical equipment and attempting to transfer the same to another hospital after a week.

“Women who saw the officers loading the equipment onto the lorry raised the alarm and we moved in and ordered the county staff to offload it,” he said.

Mr Lang’at identified some of the materials loaded onto the lorry as bed sheets, assorted medicines and medical equipment.

“The county officers claimed the batch delivered to the health centre was meant for another hospital but we are not buying that,” he said.

A resident, Mercy Makimei, said they would not allow any equipment to be removed from the hospital unless the county brought in other appliances for the new health centre.

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Maella MCA Kamanu Gathariki said he had consulted County Health Executive who promised to intervene.

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