Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja yesterday put to task the Senate’s Committee of Health over the deplorable state of the Mbagathi Hospital.
While making his statement at the Senate floor yesterday Sakaja stated that he has received numerous complaints from a number of Kenyans over the status of Mbagathi Hospital.
Among the complaints raised by Kenyans include shortage of nurses and drugs in the hospital that is serving thousands of Nairobi residents.
“There have been numerous complaints on the quality of services being offered at this facility and concerns about some of its structures that need urgent rehabilitation and renovation. Currently there is a shortage of drugs including the basics ones used in theater like Nitrous Oxide,” said Sakaja.
“This facility serves thousands of residents of Nairobi City County especially those from the informal settlements and low-income areas but it has been neglected and not given priority as required despite the huge budgetary allocations on health. The Nairobi Metropolitan Services should be held accountable as the health function is their responsibility,” he further stated.
In his statement Sakaja demanded that the health committee gives a detailed explanation from the NMS as to why two ICU machines are yet to be installed and are gathering dust at the hospital.
“I therefore would like to request that the Chairperson in his detailed response to address the following specific issues that require urgent attention. Number one, give an explanation on why there is a shortage of nurses and critical care specialists and what action has been taken. Number two explain why two ICU machines and equipment are gathering dust in the hospital stores and haven’t been installed number three explain what is NMS doing to ensure there is a consistent supply of pharm and non- pharm supplies at the hospital. And finally, give a time frame of when the tent for isolation and treatment of Covid-19 will be renovated,” he said.
The Health Committee had apparently invited NMS bosses to answer to some of the allegations and according to Sakaja, he was not satisfied by the response they gave.
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