Embu hospital should be parastatal, says Mbarire

Says unremitted staff deductions amount to Sh500 million and promises change

In Summary

• Former Runyenjes MP says ailing health sector will improve immensely and serve residents better in the near future .

• Kirimari MCA Ibrahim Swaleh urged his fellow leaders to unite and pass a bill to improve the health sector. 

Embu Governor Cecily Mbarire speaking after a visit to Embu Level 5 Hospital on Friday, September 2
FIXING HEALTHCARE: Embu Governor Cecily Mbarire speaking after a visit to Embu Level 5 Hospital on Friday, September 2

Governor Cecily Mbarire on Friday urged MCAs to pass legislation making Embu Level 5 hospital "a free-running parastatal" to improve services.

She said lack of enough funding and poor management are the main problems in the health sector.

Speaking at the hospital on a fact-finding mission, she said her administration will introduce a bill to make the facility a parastatal, a state-owned facility.

"We're going to crack the whip [in the health sector]. It's a  matter between life and death because our people are dying due to lack of proper health services," Kirimari MCA Ibrahim Swaleh Swaleh said.

He urged fellow lawmakers to unite and pass the necessary legislation.

Mbarire said Sh500 million has been deducted from staff salaries but not remitted.

"The government has been making statutory deductions and loan repayments from staff but they haven't remitted the same to necessary institutions," she said.

"This is quite demoralising," the governor said.

She said her administration will rectify the problem to ensure services start fresh and provide the Embu residents with decent healthcare.

The former Runyenjes MP said the health sector will improve significantly in the near future.

"We need to look deeply into this hospital and others," Mbarire said. "This is just the beginning and we hope to see a real change in the coming weeks."

Deputy Governor Justus Kinyua said services at the county's topmost public health facility are hampered by uncompleted structures.

He said the hospital has neglected expensive equipment that is not working because of minor problems.

"We've identified different types of equipment that are not working due to lack of staff or minor problems. We request staff account for all equipment so we know what's working," Kinyua said.

MCA Swaleh warned all health and other staff not ready to work with new norms to quit.

(Edited by V. Graham) 

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