Governors want Senate to probe medical equipment leasing deal

Governors now want the Senate to set up a select committee to probe the controversial leasing of medical equipment at county hospitals.

The Council of Governors told the Senate finance committee they are not privy to the agreement between the national government and the suppliers of equipment.

They faulted the national government for allegedly compelling them to pay for the equipment without furnishing them with the details of the agreement.

According to the governors, the national government has been frustrating the counties by forcing the dysfunctional medical equipment on them and limiting devolved funds.

The National Treasury is the spot for revising downwards the proposed allocation for counties from Ksh 335 billion to Ksh 310billion.

Treasury has defended its decision to revise the allocation downwards saying it was occasioned by deficit in revenue collection.

The governors also decried the controversial deductions being made on their counties by treasury to pay for leased medical equipment.

They are now accusing the Ministry of Health of holding information on the Ksh 38billion leasing program signed three years ago.

The multi-billion-shilling medical equipment leasing plan launched in February 2015 by President Uhuru Kenyatta was to meet the country’s need for accessible and affordable specialised healthcare.

Under the deal, public health facilities would be supplied with theatre facilities, dialysis kits, intensive care unit equipment, X-ray machines, ultrasound units and anaesthesia machines.

The equipment was distributed in 98 hospitals countrywide. The leasing was for a period of seven years.

Last year, governors protested what they termed as an arbitrary increase on the equipment from Sh4.5 billion to Sh9 billion.

The Council’s chief executive officer told senators efforts to access the agreement have been futile.

 

 

 

 

 

  

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