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Kajiado County Assembly Health committee members when they visited Ongata Rongai Health Centre recently. The facility is operating on  a deficit after the past County administration reportedly slashed health funds. Photo/Obegi Malack
Kajiado County Assembly Health committee members when they visited Ongata Rongai Health Centre recently. The facility is operating on a deficit after the past County administration reportedly slashed health funds. Photo/Obegi Malack

Health funding cutback leaves patients to suffer

By Obegi Malack
Kajiado County Government’s move to cut funding to hospitals, including Ongata Rongai Health Centre, has left many patients suffering due to lack of drugs and personnel.
A source said the past regime had reduced funds allocation that would have improved health services.
The facility which serves patients from as far away as Magadi and Langata runs on a deficit. Drugs in the hospital would have run out if nurses would not have gone on strike, said Dr Kapkwon, adding that the pharmacy and laboratory are understaffed. Kajiado County Assembly Health committee should look into the matter, he added.
Nkaimurunya Ward representative James Waicha took to task the management on why the facility’s only ambulance was operating from Ngong and not from the health centre. The management had said the driver had no place to sleep.
He said doctors should be given accommodation at the facility in order to respond to emergencies. A residential house at the facility is said to be occupied by non-staff who had refused to move out.
The management denied MCA Lucy Mathenge’s allegation that facility’s staff owning chemists were directing patients to purchase drugs from these chemists. She said the committee will look into the issue of employing security personnel for the health centre.
Nominated Member of County Assembly Sandra Mario said the County Government will equip the facility. Other MCAs who visited the health centre are Faith Sianka, Jackie Nevadi and Violet Wahinya.

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