Malindi: National Medical Board conduct crackdown
15 February 2012, 10:29
Medical Practitioners Board and Dentists Board has issued a two weeks ultimatum to Malindi Municipal Council Hospital to equip laboratory and repair their toilets which are in
pathetic conditions failure to which the facility will be closed down.
The National Medical practitioners and Dentists Board Chief Executive Officer Daniel Yumbya said the public facility was not in good condition and
called for it’s urgent repair.
that facility serving the public can operate with one toilet; the lab is not
equipped and officers are working out of their dust coats. We are looking on this issue as it is shame to the Municipal council. We are giving them
only two weeks or else it will be closed for the sake of public safety, “he
noted with concern, on Tuesday.
members of public who could not be able to access private health facilities
have a right to be attended to at clean and safe public facilities but decried why
the facility was dirty, with dust all over the windows and doors.
said it was not logical for laboratory attendants and other clinical officers to
operate without their appropriate attires despite the fact that it is a public
facility, since they were exposing patients and also themselves to great danger
of cross infection.
can’t close down private medical facilities which are not complying with
medical board’s rules and regulation and leave a public health facility like
this. The toilets should be repaired and equipment’s to the lab provided and if
there is no dust coats for officer they must be purchased for them before the
expiry of two weeks,” he asserted.
The National Medical Board Chief exercutive Officer Daniel Yumbya accompanied by plain clothes police officers escorting a woman trying to avoid scribes' cameras caught operating a medical facility without permit at Kisumu Ndogo area in Malindi town.
together with the Nursing Council of Kenya, Radiation Protection Board and Pharmacy
and Poisons Board were conducting crackdown in Malindi district to flush out
quarks purporting to be medical practitioners as well as closing down
unregistered medical facilities.
the crackdown in the tourist’s town, they arrested four quacks who were
operating without medical permit from Medical Board and also closed down four
medical facilities which had not complied with Pharmacy and Poisons Board as
well as Medical practitioners and Dentist Board regulations.
the crackdown was meant to flush out people purporting to be medical
practitioners and exposed locals to a great danger since they had not been authorized
by Medical Board to operate medical facilities.
they managed to inspect 28 medical facilities both private and public in
Malindi tourist town.
come to our notice that there are people who are injecting and dispensing medicine in our county without authorisation from the Medical Board.
And so we have conducted the crackdown here in Malindi to arrest all those
people, because they expose Kenyans into great danger,” he said after the
Yumbya however urged all medical officers working in any medical facilities to
be in their dust coats and use gloves which he said helps to protect cross
National Medical Board Chief Executive Officer has also urged locals in the
area to be vigilant and make sure medical practitioners attending to them are
qualified from both private and public health centers.
Public need to be vigilant
is their right to be attended by professionals because at the end of the
service they pay, and also to avoid risking their lives, they must report to
us any medical facility they doubt is not authorized and also people dispensing
medicines without our permit,” he noted.
some chemists were being operated by people unauthorized dealers who were
risking locals’ lives.
accompanied by Doctor Fatma Abdalla of Kenyatta Hospital, a Member of National
Medical Board among others during the crackdown in Malindi.
stated that the four people who were arrested would be arraigned in court to be
charged with offence of operating medical facilities without National Medical
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