Health services resume at Kerugoya County Referral Hospital


Committee appointed to address sanitary crisis in Kerugoya Hospital

Health services have resumed at Kerugoya County Referral Hospital in Kirinyaga County after weeks of distress at the facility.

A spot check Tuesday morning revealed activity at the outpatient, renal, pharmacy and medical wards. The situation at the hospital has been deplorable with reported cases of diarrhea and hepatitis B resulting from poor sanitation.

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The  condition at the hospital had attracted attention from all over the country.

Cases of outbreak of acute diarrhea and highly contagious hepatitis B had been reported at the facility forcing interventions of area governor Anne Waiguru.

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The governor went ahead and established a taskforce to look into the situation at the hospital.

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Kirinyaga Chief Officer of Health, Dr. Stanley Muriithi confirmed that the situation in the hospital had greatly improved since governor Waiguru acted on the conditions therein.

A spot check at the facility shows that some of the works undertaken include repair of the laundry and dryer facilities and unclogging of sinks and toilets in wards.

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Preliminary investigations by the taskforce also reveal that sabotage could be at play given that over 300 casuals at the hospital were sacked recently.

Governor Waiguru sent the affected staff home in a bid to reduce a ballooning wage bill.


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