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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Demo to force governor to have heart of humans

Residents of Kericho county are planning a demonstration to  block operations at  the governor’s office, in an attempt to compel him to sign for medical equipment purchased by the government.
Led by  Philip Mutai, they divulged that plans to block the office are at an advanced stage. Residents want the machines which would ease the cost of treating ailments like cancer and other diseases, they said.
He said all residents wanted the machines and that they were ready to pay through tax so they can save lives lost through cancer like brain tumor, sarcoma blood cancer  and other abnormalities.
“It is very expensive to take a patient to India or, even Eldoret Moi Referral Hospital where treatment for cancer is available. Many of our patients have ended up dying when they could be saved,” he lamented.
Mutai dismissed as nonsense claims that the county was to lose if the machines are brought from Nairobi saying already the cost of treating patients in referral hospitals and abroad was very high and the residents were losing their loved ones due to financial constraints.
And in Bomet senator Wilfred Lesan has criticised governors who rejected the medical equipment that were procured by the national government  at the cost of Sh38 billion.
He called on the governors to move with speed and append their signatures to the agreement that will pave the way for medical equipment to the hospitals in their counties if they care for the health of the people.
Speaking at Ndanai trading centre in Bomet county, the senator said it is myopic for the county chiefs to ignore health of their residents yet healthy people play a key role in economic development of any county.
“It is very wrong for the governors to politicise health issues. The governors must stop too much politics and concentrate on development aimed at transforming the lives of the people,” said Lesan.
The council of governors chairman Isaac Ruto claimed they were not consulted by the national government before procurement of the medical equipment that would have benefited two hospitals in every county.
Kericho governor Paul Chepkwony has declared he would not append his signature for the medical equipment worth over Sh800 million that would have benefited two hospitals in the county.