NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 8 – Members of the Nairobi County Assembly have urged Governor Mike Sonko to intervene over the deteriorating health sector in the county by appointing substantive health officers.
Currently, officers at the health department are in an acting capacity after Governor Sonko suspended his Health Executive, Chief Officer and Director of Health for what he termed as insubordination following the recent deaths of infants at Pumwani Maternity Hospital.
County Health Committee Chair and Roysambu MCA Peter Warutere said they are finding it difficult to pursue the new allegations about substandard clinics with ome procuring illegal abortions after an NTV expose about quack doctor Mugo Wa Wairimu.
“Health is a docket that needs substantive people; professionals who understand the sector and it’s high time we take it seriously by getting the right people who can ensure that matters enforcement are followed to the latter, “said Warutere.
County officials contacted by Capital FM News were not willing to comment on the matter.
The MCAs also want the Executive to crack down on illegal clinics and provide a list of all licensed clinics across all 85 wards in the county as part of measures to deal with quacks.
They said there is a possibility of other illegal clinics being operated in estates.
“We saw in the media how people are falling into the hands of these quack doctors and we don’t know apart from what we saw how many people have suffered. We therefore want proper audit to be done on all clinics because honestly, we cannot joke with health matters,” said Doris Kanario a nominated member.
A few months ago Sonko made an impromptu visit to Pumwani Maternity and found 12 infants stacked in a carton for lack of a cold room at the facility.
County hospitals have also been grappling with lack of enough drugs at the facilities due to huge debts owed to drugs supplier Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) forcing residents to purchase prescribed medicines from private pharmacies.