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Kirinyaga MCAs say they'll use car loans to buy county ambulances, not personal cars

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By Jane Mugambi | February 24th 2021

Kirinyaga County Assembly MCAs during a session. [Joseph Muchiri, Standard]

Kirinyaga MCAs say they will buy ambulances using the car loans that they were promised by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Speaking after the morning assembly session in Kerugoya on Wednesday, Thiba MCA Pius Njogu said that they deliberated to buy ambulances as a way of boosting the health sector.

“We will not take the loan as Kirinyaga MCAs. Instead each ward is going to have an ambulance from the car loan that the president said will be given as a way to boost the health sector and also save lives,” Njogu said.

Caroline Wanjiku, a nominated MCA who also sits at the health committee in the assembly said that the county currently has one ambulance that is unequipped and is not enough to cater for referrals.

She also said the MCAs sometimes are forced to ferry patients with their own vehicles when there is an emergency, further endangering the life of the patient.

"As MCAs we take sick people to hospitals with our own vehicles due to the nature of lack of ambulances. The vehicles we have are not even equipped thus the condition of a patient may worsen, that is why we need many standby ambulances" she noted.

Njogu said that since an ambulance is more expensive than a car, they have resulted in ensuring that all sub-counties get at least one.

“Cost of an ambulance is high. It goes for approximately Sh5 million,” said Njogu.

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