Ki­ambu to levy out­sider am­bu­lances

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

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.

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