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Lusaka, Wetang’ula differ over state of health facilities

16 June 2015, 10:22 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - Governor Kenneth Lusaka has cautioned politicians in the County to stop politicizing the health sector for their own political survival.

Speaking on Monday after paying a visit to Bungoma County Referral hospital, Lusaka told off Senator Moses Wetang’ula for politicizing health matters.

Wetang’ula, who paid a surprise visit to the facility on Sunday was shocked by the state of the hospital after finding patients staring at dead bodies that remained uncollected by mortuary attendants.

Lusaka said that as the County leaders, they should unite and work together to improve the condition of the health facilities for the sake of ailing residents.

“Politicians are causing mayhem in the health facilities. Let’s find the lasting solution, take responsibility and not fighting for political survival. My tour has revealed that all the equipments are working contrary to reports that they have stalled and were putting the patients' lives at risk,” said Lusaka.

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He said that the new state-of-the-art X-Ray machine acquired at KES 14 million, ultra sound and theatre lights were all functioning despite earlier reports by Wetang’ula that all machines had stalled.

Lusaka said that despite allocating KES 1.8 billion to the health ministry, KES 1.2 billion was used for the health workers salaries and KES 400 000 million for the hospitals' operations and thus they are strained and cannot revamp all the health facilities at one go.

“We know very well that the health sector is facing a lot of challenges in the County but as leaders, we need to all carry the responsibilities of revamping them so as to improve on the healthcare of the locals. Political witch hunt and pointing of fingers at other leaders will only worsen the situation,” he said.

He cautioned politicians against propagating issues that can cause fear among the locals and force them to shun visiting the facilities for fear of poor service.

“All the health workers are back on duty and the facility is operational all the time. Let's avoid politics and propaganda so that we can be able to serve those who elected us well, not belittling and criticizing each other publicly,” said Lusaka.

However, the Bungoma County Assembly majority leader, Majimbo Okumu asked Lusaka to stop playing public relations with health matters.

“The Governor should stop fooling Bungoma residents that all is well at the hospital. He should stop blaming other leaders and the press for his failures. The executive failed to implement the assembly health committee recommendations and that is the fruit. The issues bedeviling the health facilities is a time bomb waiting to explode,” said Majimbo.

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