× Digital News Videos Weird News Health & Science Sunday Magazine Lifestyle Opinion Education Columns Moi Cabinets Arts & Culture Special Reports Fact Check E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Games Crosswords Sodoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS

Sh38 billion medical equipments to counties stir controversy in Senate

By Roselyne Obala | April 5th 2017 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300


Counties have been diverting the Sh4.5 billion they are allocated each year to lease specialised medical equipment to other uses.

It has emerged that instead of using the money to lease modern theatre equipment, surgical and sterilisation equipment, laboratory equipment, kidney dialysis equipment, ICU facilities, digital X-ray machines, ultrasound and imaging equipment, the billions have been going to non-specialised apparatus.

The money has been allocated under the controversial Sh38 billion Medical Leasing Equipment Scheme by the national government which governors had vehemently opposed.

The programme was aimed at providing 98 hospitals across the counties with modern equipment for better healthcare.

A report handed to the Senate by the outgoing Health Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri shows county government have been using the billions to buy items such as refrigerators, microwaves, ovens, trolleys, spotlights and basins and went ahead to list them as as part of the specialised equipment acquired for 11 level five hospitals.

Read More

According to the report tabled by Health Committee chairman, Migori Senator Wilfred Machage, in the House yesterday, the funds did not serve their intended purposes.

The report ignited a fierce debate as senators censured the ministry for breaching the law. The allocation is provided for in the County Allocation of Revenue Act.


Medical equipments counties Senate
Share this story

Read More