, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – Concerns have been raised over the fast pace at which Clinix Healthcare Limited, one of the facilities that received a lion’s share of funds for the civil servants health scheme has grown its outlets since January.
The parliamentary Committee on Health that is probing allocation of funds by the National Hospital Insurance Fund heard that 50 Clinix outlets have been registered between January and April this year compared to 30 that were registered between the year 2006 and 2011.
The Director of Medical Services Francis Kimani who is also the Registrar at the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board was taken to task to explain how this was possible.
“In your own opinion could you be suspecting that there was astronomical growth by Clinix… 50 new clinics in four months? Could you read some suspicion in the Clinix new facilities targeting the new rollout of NHIF?” asked Cyprian Omollo, a committee member.
“Mr chairman, I became suspicious when the report of the first quarter was presented to the board and then I saw the distribution. I didn’t know that there was something going on in the backyard that the Clinix were growing at an astronomic speed otherwise I would have sent people to the field earlier to confirm what was going on,” the DMS said.
The DMS reported to the committee that there were 80 registered Clinix Healthcare Limited outlets. This contradicted what the Clinix Chairman Jayesh Saini told the committee, when he said they had 70 outlets that were registered and currently operational.
Kimani also expressed dissatisfaction over the rollout of the civil servants health scheme saying it was not done fairly and that public hospitals which have networks countrywide were short-changed.
He claimed that although he sat on the disbanded NHIF board, they were not informed on the criteria used to choose private providers and so the payments made were illegal.
“As members of the board we have never been asked by the management to approve any facility other than the government and faith based which we were told from the beginning that they will be involved but the fund has a quality control department which accredits.
“Mr chairman we were just presented with a report that these are the private providers and they have been paid. In fact the board was very annoyed.
The parliamentary committee chairperson Robert Monda expressed dissatisfaction with the presentation made by Clinix Healthcare Limited.
“Clinix has treated us and Kenyans to something close to a comedy. This is the ease at which the health of teachers, civil servants and Kenyans is being taken under this scam.”
The issue of ownership of Clinix Healthcare Limited also cropped up.
Saini told the health committee that he was the one who owned 99 percent shareholding of Clinix under Pharma Investment Holdings Limited.
“Mr Saini, do you know the directors because what we were told by the registrar of companies is that there are two entities- Pharma investment and Beneficial,” committee member Fred Outa asked.
“I will ask Mr Muthumi (legal counsel) to answer that because it is a technical question, if you will like more light on that you will come back to me,” Saini responded.
This did not go well with the committee chair who ordered Saini to respond to the question.
“Pharma investment holding limited belongs to me Jayesh Saini. I am the owner, Chair of that company. That’s the investment vehicle I use to operate in multiple territories in Africa,” he said.
He was pressed further by Outa to name the other directors to which he answered that it was George Matthew who resides in Dubai with ownership of one percent.
Meanwhile the identity of the Chief Executive Officer also came to fore with the committee asking him to state his true names.
Zach Toddy Madahana who also goes by the name Toddy Madana confirmed that he previously worked for the Office of the President as a senior civil servant on security and administration from 1990 to 2004/2005.