Kiambu to levy outsider ambulances
The Kiambu government could start charging ambulances from neighbouring counties that ferry patients to the county’s health facilities.
Governor William Kabogo on Thursday said the county will charge about Sh10,000 for ambulances from the Machakos, Nairobi and Murang’a counties. He spoke at the Thika Level 5 Hospital during the institution’s 72nd anniversary. Present were Health executive Jonah Mwangi and chief officer Stephen Njuguna. Kabogo said the neighbouring counties have failed to establish proper healthcare systems, leading to residents flooding Kiambu health facilities. “This has become a burden,” he said.
Kabogo said the cash collected will be used to improve health facilities. “In the last few weeks, we have been dealt with the difficult task of offering health services to a string of patients from Nairobi, Machakos and Murang’a to a point where we have almost overworked our medical workers. It’s high time we started charging ambulances from outside Kiambu to remind the governors it’s not so easy to bring patients here for treatment,” he said.