NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 17- A section of Jubilee affiliated Members of Parliament and Senators have backed the controversial proposal to construct a new referral hospital in Uasin-Gishu County.
The leaders among them National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, Senators Charles Keter (Kericho) and Stephen Sang (Nandi) said the Sh17 billion that was to be used to refurbish the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital was sufficient to construct the new facility.
Others were Senator Stephen Sang (Nandi), Julius Melly (Tinderet), James Bett (Kesses), Zipporah Kering (Women MP), Kirwa Bitok (Mosop), Elijah Lagat (Chesumei) and Jackson Rop (Kipkelion West).
“This project will go a long way in the provision of medical services like radiology, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) among other services for the people. We fully support the Government in the construction of a new referral hospital,” the Nandi Senator affirmed.
He said corruption was fighting back as far as the issue of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital was concerned saying Kenyans know the truth about those behind the alleged scandal.
“It is clear in the minds of Kenyans that the so called upgrade of the hospital was done under the watch of someone who was in ODM during the grand coalition regime. What is happening is that corruption is fighting back,” said Sang.
The leaders praised the move by Deputy President William Ruto to stop renovations at the hospital saying such repairs could have been used to siphon public funds.
Raila Odinga’s former PA Herbert Ojwang accused Ruto before Parliament of trying to make a quick buck from the construction of the ultra-modern hospital.
An accusation Ruto has denied but admitted that he stopped the initial plan to rehabilitate MTRH because the cost was inflated.
The leaders were speaking during a thanksgiving ceremony in Nandi County presided over by the Deputy President on Saturday.
The leaders said the expansion project was started in 2011 under the watch of former Medical Services Minister Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o.
“This project was started in 2011 when Nyong’o was minister in charge of the docket. They should stop blaming Deputy President for something they are directly responsible for,” Kering who is also a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Health said.
Health Cabinet secretary James Macharia has dismissed reports that a Sh28 billion deal has been signed for the construction of a new facility as an extension of the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.
Macharia sent a statement to newsrooms on May 8 stating that purported deal does not exist since the proposal is still under review and no tender has been awarded to any company.
He came to the defence of Deputy President who has been accused by Ojwang’ of sidelining him in the inflated Sh28bn deal.
Macharia said the hospital management had called on the DP to assist them in obtaining funding for the expansion and improvement of the existing facilities in the hospital to provide the required specialised healthcare to thousands of Kenyans who rely on it.
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Ruto told the county governments to take advantage of the medical kits project the national government has procured for county hospitals saying it would change the face of the healthcare at the grassroots level.
He said the move to have two hospitals in each of the 47 counties of level four and five with intensive care units, cancer diagnosis equipment and treatment; dialysis machines among others would greatly change the lives of the people.
“Leaders should fully support this project and stop politicising it as it would greatly impact on the lives of Kenyans as they would have important medical attention at the county level,” he said.