Governor Waiguru forms taskforce to clean up Kerugoya Hospital

A file image showing the situation at Kerugoya County Referral Hospital in Kirinyaga County. PHOTO| ...
A file image showing the situation at Kerugoya County Referral Hospital in Kirinyaga County. PHOTO| COURTESY

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has formed an emergency taskforce to oversee the immediate clean up of the Kerugoya County Referral Hospital which has hit headlines over its deplorable state.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Waiguru said the taskforce will carry out the immediate re-deployment of manpower to clean up and maintain standards of hygiene at the hospital within the next 72 hours.

Governor Waiguru blamed the awful situation at the hospital on the high number of patients seeking services at the facility despite the limited resources.

“With the recent upgrade of facilities and increased number of health services offered, the Kerugoya County Referral Hospital has witnessed an influx of more patients seeking treatment and has consequently been stretched beyond its capacity, putting pressure on its equipment and human resource capacity,” read the statement in part.

“I have therefore requested for the immediate procurement of a new incinerator and requested supplementary budget allocations to add more laundry machines to deal with the capacity issues occasioned by increased patient numbers at the facility.”

The taskforce to be chaired by the County Secretary is expected to provide a comprehensive report on long term solutions within the next 14 days.

It will be comprised of the Chief of Staff, County Executive Committee Members of Environment, Gender and Agriculture, Chief Officers from Health, Transport and Public Works and Directorates of Procurement and Communication.

This comes even as doctors and clinical officers from Kirinyaga County on Sunday joined nurses in demanding the reinstatement of over 300 casual health workers who were sacked from the hospital last month leading to the current situation at the facility.

The workers were fired in what the county administration termed as a bid to cut on the ballooning wage bill. The sacked workers claimed  they had not been paid for four months by the time they were dismissed.

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