Health suffers while Sh5billion could help
Jama says women giving birth at home, for lack of good, free maternity services
When counties ask for money for health, they are told there is none, all the while it’s being misspent at the ministry, Garissa Governor Nathif Jama has said.
“This latest scandal in such a crucial docket has left many Kenyans angry and shocked,” he said.
The Health ministry says no money has been lost, there are no improprieties and no scandal.
Jama said the lose of Sh5.2 billion has a ripple effect in all health facilities across the counties. He said Garissa has in two years only received Sh11 million for free maternity care.
Jama said Sh74 million for 2014-15 and 2015-16 has not been released. The ministry pays Sh2,500 for each hospital delivery.
Every facility is paid according to the number of deliveries it handles. Jama said it is unfortunate that such colossal amounts of money are lost while the common citizen continues to suffer for lack of good medical services.
He said services have been hampered in 99 facilities for lack of funds and the county is forced to withdraw money for other projects to support them.
Jama said mothers shy away from hospitals and give birth at home because of poor services. He said this will lead to an increase in maternal and infant deaths.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s sister and cousin have been linked to the companies involved in questionable tendering and payouts at the Health ministry.
WHEN THE COUNTIES ASK FOR HEALTH MONEY, WE ARE TOLD THERE IS NONE, ALL THE WHILE IT IS BEING MISSPENT