Tharaka Nithi bought drugs for mis­sion hospi­tal to treat aban­doned pa­tients

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Parliament -

The Tharaka Nithi gov­ern­ment spent Sh8.8 mil­lion of the Emer­gency Fund bud­get to buy drugs for a pri­vate hospi­tal with­out the county as­sem­bly’s ap­proval. Gov­er­nor Sa­muel Ragwa yes­ter­day told the Se­nate Pub­lic Ac­counts and In­vest­ments Com­mit­tee that the county had to buy the medicine and some equip­ment for a mis­sion hospi­tal so it can treat pa­tients, as nurses in pub­lic hos­pi­tals were on strike. He said the Sh14 mil­lion Emer­gency Fund Bill had been dis­cussed in the county as­sem­bly but had not been printed and signed. The com­mit­tee had ques­tioned him on why the county spent money from the kitty to buy drugs and equip­ment for St Or­sola Catholic Mis­sion Hospi­tal in 2013-14, a pri­vate fa­cil­ity, in­stead of Chuka Dis­trict Hospi­tal, a pub­lic health fa­cil­ity. Ac­cord­ing to the Au­di­tor Gen­eral Ed­ward Ouko’s re­port, Sh8,806,716 had been spent and Sh4.4 mil­lion com­mit­ted in the vote book.

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