Health Committee visit to Thika level five hospital
Parliamentary committee on health Friday said it was satisfied with the installation of CT scans in public hospitals and the management of the government funded Managed Equipment System.
Speaking after visiting the Thika Level 5 hospital for a fact finding mission, the Chairperson Sabina Chege, said that the committee was going through the budget process to see whether what they inherited from the previous committee was being implemented and whether the monies set for health sector development was being put into the right use.
She said that the committee is working closely with the National Government to ensure that all level 5 public hospitals are equipped with the state of the art diagnostic machines to ensure that members of the public access quality medical care
Ms Chege pointed out that the Sh. 800 million Thika Level 5 CT scan project is 90 per cent complete and will be ready for commissioning in the next 10 days.
The Chairperson expressed concern on the state of the Sh 8 billion Kenyatta University Hospital which currently has stalled due to unavailability of funds.
“The 600 bed capacity hospital with a fully constructed doctors Plaza, an MRI unit and a well-equipped HDU unit requires Sh. 600 million to complete, we will engage the National Government so that we can jumpstart the hospital and open it up to the public as soon as possible,” she said.
Sabina who was accompanied by other committee members pointed out the need to focus on preventive rather than curative measures to have Kenyans healthy adding that all the state organs charged with the responsibility of ensuring that only products fit for human consumption are found in the market should be held to account whenever poisonous substances that can cause incurable diseases are released to innocent members of the public.
“We will organize a health summit in September where we will bring all the stakeholders including the County Governors, Senators and County Executive Members on board to ensure that Kenya attains Universal Health for all,” she concluded
By Klion Warunge and Lucy Wangai