Several patients have been transferred from a county hospital in Kwale after a generator and electric cables blew up, paralysing essential services.
County officials have been working round-the-clock to restore power at Msambweni County Referral Hospital, which is the biggest public hospital in the area.
Governor Salim Mvurya spent most of Friday at the hospital where he addressed senior staff. The governor warned them that they risked being sacked for mismanaging the facility.
Mvurya said a tender to buy a new generator had been flouted after the earlier one blew up.
The electric cables also blew up, paralysing X-ray services at the facility.
Briefing the media after a crisis meeting at the hospital's boardroom, the governor said disciplinary action has been taken against senior administrators who failed to perform.
He announced that all patient referrals to Kinondo and Nice View medical facilities had been banned.
Mvurya and his deputy Fatuma Achani assured residents that sanity would be restored and services would improve.
The two leaders warned that it would not be business as usual and every staff member should carry their own cross.
Achani said non-performers would not be spared.
"I apologise for failed mortuary services and assure residents that everything is being done to restore the services," she said. "Bodies will be taken to Kwale County Hospital mortuary using county transport."
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