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Senators back upgrade of 11 county hospitals - 7 months ago, 11 July 19:00

By: Nasibo Kabale

Governors look set to lose control of 11 county hospitals after Senate gave a nod to proposals seeking to have the facilities revert to the national government to serve as regional referral and training facilities.

The proposal contained in the National Referral Hospital Bill has also been endorsed by both the National Health Committee and Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU).

The 11 regional referral hospitals are in Garissa, Machakos, Embu, Nakuru, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nyeri, Kisii, Meru, Thika, Coast, and Kakamega.

Senate Health Committee vice-chairman Abdullahi Ibrahim Ali said elevation of the facilities will cure the gaps in the health sector, adding that it should face little resistance from governors.

“Part of the recommendations from the President in regard to achieving the Universal Health Coverage is that we need to come up with 10 referral hospitals and with the political goodwill from the top I believe this Bill will easily pass,” he ...
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