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Patients at Voi Referral Hospital to make payments through KCB

 Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu

All cash payments at the Voi County Referral Hospital will be handled by the Kenya Commercial Bank.

Governor John Mruttu Monday said his administration had entered into a partnership with the bank to not only handle cash but also help it seal off all corruption loopholes and enhance revenue collection in the region, which had been decreasing at alarming rate.

"KCB will handle all the cash payments at the health facility to stem corruption, and enhance revenue collection that has decreased at an alarming rate," he said.

Speaking after inspecting the hospital, Mr Mruttu said his administration was committed to eliminating corruption in public institutions, which had adversely affected service delivery.

"We are doing everything possible to eliminate corruption, and that is why we are partnering with our development partners like KCB to fight the vice that has adversely affecting service delivery," said the governor.

He added: "We have separated billing services and handling of cash to avert money pilferage at the hospital. The facility also handles thousands of patients from as far as Mtito Andei and Taru including accident victims."

Mruttu noted that the current system where the billing and payment were done in a central place had created corruption loopholes, hence the need to stop the vice.

Under the new arrangement, patients will be billed by the health workers but payment made to KCB agents.

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