Vetting for Kirinyaga Health CEC on after criticism over hospital’s pathetic state


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

The vetting of the nominee for the Kirinyaga Health County Executive Committee (CEC) post began on Monday after the doctor’s union threatened to withdraw its personnel.

Dr. Timothy Theuri is poised to take over from Agnes Gachoki who resigned in February citing frustrations from the Anne Waiguru-led administration.

Speaking after the vetting process, County Assembly Majority Leader James Murango said they are optimistic that the new Health CEC will resolve the crisis at Kerugoya Referral Hospital.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) on Monday threatened to withdraw medics from the hospital due to the facility’s deplorable state.

They gave Governor Waiguru three days to reinstate over 300 sacked casual workers or face the consequences.

“The hospital is very dirty… and our doctors cannot work in such an environment filled with infections,” said Dr. Gor Goody, KMPDU Central region branch Secretary.

He further claimed that Kimbimbi Sub-District Hospital in Mwea has even been invaded by snakes.

“The doctor had to kill the snake in theater before attending to a patient since the snake had already injured a guard,” he said.

On Sunday, Governor Waiguru formed a task force to look into the deplorable state of Kerugoya Referral Hospital.

The Kirinyaga county chief has been blamed for the situation at the hospital after she sacked over 300 workers last month.

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