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29 fake health centres closed down

20 February 2015, 10:24 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - The medical board has closed down 29 health centres in the western region, in a joint crackdown that began on Monday.

The joint inspection by the Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board (MPDB), pharmacists and poisons board and public health that began in Busia County also saw 29 medical practitioners arrested for lack of operating licenses and poor medical standards.

The operation that was concluded in Vihiga County Thursday was led by MPDB chairman, Prof George Magoha and the board’s chief executive officer, Daniel Yumbya.

Yumbya said the operation had seen a total of 226 health centres inspected in the four counties of Busia, Bungoma, Kakamega and Vihiga.

“We inspected 53 hospitals in Busia County on Monday. We were in Bungoma on Tuesday where 68 health facilities were inspected. On Wednesday in Kakamega we inspected 55 facilities and on Thursday, we have been in Vihiga where we visited 50 centres,” said Yumbya.

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Ten facilities in Busia were closed down while Bungoma, Kakamega, and Vihiga had eight, seven and four facilities closed down respectively.

He noted that all the arrested practitioners, mainly from private health facilities, lacked operating licenses and were operating in unhygienic environments.

“They will be charged under Cap 244 and 253 of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Act,” said Yumbya.

The operation left Vihiga’s major private clinic, Carol Afandi Memorial Clinic in Sabatia closed down with two others, Kima Mission Hospital and Coptic Nursing Hospital in Emuhaya spared with recommendations to improve the facilities within a specified period of time.

The joint inspection team ordered the administrators of Kima and Coptic, both faith based institutions, to improve on their laboratories and wards as they were found in a bad state.

The owner of Retiko chemist at Kilingili in Sabatia disappeared, leaving his facility open.

The inspectors seized all his drugs and later donated them to Emuhaya sub-County hospital after inspection at the chemist revealed the owner was injecting patients against medical practice and ethics.

This was evidenced by the presence of used syringes and needles at the abandoned chemist.

Prof Magoha said, “The process will continue. We began with the coast region two weeks ago and from Western we will be heading to other parts of the country.”

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