Maternity centres lie idle on medical workers shortage
Maternity hospitals in Nakuru are lying idle due to lack of doctors and nurses to operate the facilities, highlighting waste of taxpayers’ money.
A preliminary report by the Nakuru Health taskforce indicates that shortage of staff is one of factors ailing the sector.
The taskforce led by former Egerton University vice chancellor Prof James Tuitoek indicated that maternity facilities are the hardest hit by staff shortages.
“We have established that we have an over-supply of the maternity facilities, but most of them are idle. For example in Solai, we found a fully equipped centre with no single worker,” he said.
According to Prof Tuitoek, the most affected centre are those situated in rural areas.
“Most of the workers in the rural facilities are working on contract bases and this could be one of the contributing factor,” he said.
Earlier in the year, a report by the Ministry of Health ranked Nakuru as one of the leading counties in infants’ mortality rates.
This has seen the county engage in major projects, among them construction of a mother and baby (maternal) complex at the Nakuru Level Five hospital to boost the maternal health facilities.
CAPACITY An idle healthcare centre in Nakuru County. -FILE