Leaders from Isiolo County have questioned the preparedness of the local Level Four Hospital in efforts to tackle the fast rising cases of Covid-19 in the region.
The leaders wondered why patients were being referred to hospitals in Nairobi and other places, yet the county government had given an assurance that the local health facilities had the capacity deal with the pandemic.
Isiolo Women MP Rehema Jaldesa, Senators Fatuma Dullo and Senator Abshiro Halakhe and Isiolo North MP Hassan Odha said they highly doubted claims that the Isiolo Referral Hospital was fully equipped with six ICU and seven HDU beds.
The legislators, in a joint statement, asked for an audit of the money the government had allocated the counties if the expenditure was in doubt.
“We demand an independent probe to be conducted by the ministry of Health to establish if the money was put to the right use,’’ they insisted.
According to Jaldesa an elderly woman from a location in Merti died after she developed chest complications but she did not make it to the hospital she was referred to in a different county.
The county chief officer for health Ibrahim Alio explained that patients who were transferred to other hospitals did so at their own request as they asked to seek services elsewhere, adding that no official had referred them elsewhere against their wish.
On his part, area governor Dr. Mohamed Kuti dismissed claims that the County was not prepared to cope with Covid-19 cases saying that some deaths might have been caused by other conditions.
He said he had invited top ministry of Health officials including the director of Medical Services to the area to find see the level of preparedness for Isiolo on Covid-19.
At the same time, the county assembly and three departments under the Executive have been closed indefinitely for fumigation, after seven staffers tested positive for the virus. Office of county Secretary and Special programme were among those affected.
Meanwhile, the Isiolo County Emergency Response Team will tour the referral Hospital to assess the situation and preparedness to deal with the new wave of Covid-19 cases being recorded across the country.