Makueni MCAs trash clin­ics’ Sh500 reg­is­tra­tion fee

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Eastern -

Makueni MCAs have threat­ened to close all health fa­cil­i­ties and eject county gov­ern­ment of­fi­cers from of­fice if a Sh500 reg­is­tra­tion fee for af­ford­able health­care plan is not sus­pended.

On Thurs­day, the MCAs op­posed the Sh500 reg­is­tra­tion fee in­tro­duced by the Health de­part­ment, say­ing the pol­icy was not ap­proved by the as­sem­bly.

Ma­jor­ity leader Fran­cis Mu­tuku said the as­sem­bly had ap­proved a bud­get of Sh205 mil­lion for the Health de­part­ment for free med­i­cal health­care. He said the Sh500 “reg­is­tra­tion fee” was not brought to the as­sem­bly.

“We have told our peo­ple not to pay a sin­gle cent in our health fa­cil­i­ties. Should they be de­nied med­i­cal ser­vices, then we will mo­bilise them to close all the health cen­tres or we re­move the health of­fi­cers from of­fice,” Mu­tuku told re­porters in his of­fice.

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