ACCOUNTABILITY

NMS accounts for Sh294 million Covid-19 pandemic funds

Kayole Central MCA sought for the breakdown on the utilization of funds

In Summary

• Nairobi County was allocated Sh294 million which was part of the Sh7.7 billion given to the 47 counties in conditional grants as part of urgent Covid-19 interventions.

• County Assembly Health Committee chairperson Peter Warutre revealed that NMS used Sh80 million to set up a 160-bed makeshift isolation facility at Mbagathi.

Nairobi Metropolitan Services director-general Mohammed Badi at Harambee House on June 30, 2020.
Nairobi Metropolitan Services director-general Mohammed Badi at Harambee House on June 30, 2020.
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The Nairobi Metropolitan Services has come out to account for Sh294 million that the entity received last year from the State to fight the Coronavirus pandemic.

The County Assembly, through Kayole Central MCA Jeremiah Themendu in a statement sought for the breakdown on the utilization of funds after a special report by the Auditor General Nancy Gathungu revealed mismanagement of Covid-19 funds by County Governments.

 The legislator also desired to know the actual number of supplemental oxygen and ventilators in the county health facilities and whether NMS or the County Executive procured the using the Covid-19 fund.

In a response tabled by County Assembly Health Committee chairperson Peter Warutre revealed that NMS used Sh80 million to set up a 160-bed makeshift isolation facility at Mbagathi.

The construction is 95 per cent complete with Sh36 million paid as a down payment.

For Personal Protective Equipment Sh20 million was reallocated and Sh30 million was utilized to construct the 190 bed capacity at Lady Griffiths Isolation centre at Kenya Medical Training Centre (KMTC)

In order to hire 254 assorted health care professionals to support isolation and treatment centres, NMS boss Director-General Mohammed Badi and his team spent Sh45.5 million.

The health workers were hired from November last year.

“Sh114.3 million was spent on the establishment of treatment centre at Mbagathi Hospital where two blocks were to be renovated to accommodate coronavirus patients, with the renovations still ongoing,” reads the report in part.

The hospital team at Mbagathi also spent Sh70 million to purchase various health equipment.

To set up an upcoming 90-bed capacity isolation centre at Pumwani School of nursing as well as buying hospital pharmaceuticals and non-pharmaceuticals, Sh12.4 million was spent.

“Sh10 million on public health interventions including fumigation, health promotion, waste disposal and mortuary services, while Sh5.9 million was spent on administrative support including facilitation, airtime and fuel,” reads the report.

The report further revealed that World Bank through DANIDA donated Sh17.6 million but is held at the Special Purpose Account at Central Bank.

NMS cannot access the funds due to the need for change of signatories.

“This is something that needs to be fast-tracked. NMS is working with the committee to ensure that this is done and harmonised,” Warutere said.

On the issue of ventilators, NMS noted that Pumwani has four which were donated by World Bank through the Ministry of Health while two ventilators at Mbagathi were procured by NMS using Covid-19 funds.

Mama Lucy has 27 ventilators where four were procured by the hospital, five donated by USAID and 18 donated by World Bank.

Nairobi County was allocated Sh 294 million which was part of the Sh 7.7 billion given to the 47 counties in conditional grants as part of urgent Covid-19 interventions.

Out of the Sh7.7 billion, grants from Danida amounted to Sh350 million, allowance for health workers Sh2.3 billion and Sh5 million as conditional grants.