Shocking revelations about Nakuru’s ailing health sector

A health taskforce formed by Governor Lee Kinyanjui to look into ways of revamping the health sector has established that most health facilities in Nakuru County are idle.
In its preliminary findings, the task force through chair Prof. James Tuitoek said that most of these facilities include maternity facilities.
In addition, some facilities built as maternity lack staff and wards with most of these facilities being those that were built during Kinuthia Mbugua’s administration.
The taskforce further established that despite good co-operation from health workers, there is an acute shortage of staff to work in health facilities.
The county has also been found to be facing a serious problem in waste disposal considering that it has only two functional incinerators in Nakuru level five hospital and Langa langa sub county hospital.
“Most health facilities cannot dispose off expired drugs because they lack incinerators” he said.
While noting that this was a matter that needed serious attention Prof.Tuitoek said affected facilities are forced to keep the drugs awaiting to dispose them off properly hence the task force will be making recommendation to that effect.
The task force has so far toured facilities in Nakuru west Nakuru east, Subukia and Rongai sub counties with at least one health facility being visited in every ward and therefore 55 out of 145 health facilities will be sampled.
The task force has so far visited 20 health facilities with 6 more expected to be visited by Thursday.
The task force will also be receiving memoranda from members of the public.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Nakuru health taskforce chair Prof.James Tuitoek and Secretary Tuume Abduba during a media briefing in Nakuru on Thursday on the state of the health facilities in Nakuru county.

Martin Gichinga
Author: Martin Gichinga

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