MPs recommend disbandment of KNH board

Members of the National Assembly have recommended the dismissal of the board of Kenyatta National Hospital and its management reviewed following a deadly mix up on two patients.

They want the patients taken through full recovery by the hospital prior to compensation.

In a report of the Departmental Committee on health on the alleged sexual assault breakdown of equipment and general operations, all medical regulatory bodies should immediately review their standard operating procedures and align them to emerging good global practices.

Suna East MP Junet Mohamed said in line with other jurisdictions, various officers at KNH should have resigned.

The House committee wants the Ministry of Health to immediately recruit doctors, nurses, clinical officers, pharmacists and billing clerks to address the shortfall at the hospital.

Majority Leader Aden Duale termed the mix-up at the referral hospital as a criminal offence and proposed prosecution of those involved.

He said both patients come from humble background and they have sustained permanent deformity and trauma.

Duale further said many patients were receiving wrong medication for various ailments at KNH.

The hospital which he said should be serving the entire region is suffering from deteriorated security, sexual abuse and disappearance of children.

The MPs said due to poor services at KNH, medication has become very expensive in private hospitals.

Elsewhere, the impeachment motion against Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has been dropped.

Majority Leader Aden Duale said the Jubilee party had resolved to address the matters raised with the relevant government hierarchy.

He said the House leadership had opted to handle the matter internally since the accusations against the CS were not serious and would be addressed at the Cabinet level.

He added that the mover of the motion Mandera North MP Bashir Addullahi agreed to drop the motion after consultations.

The MP had cited gross misconduct and abuse of office as grounds for the removal of Kariuki, noting that 170 MPs had expressed their lack of confidence in her leadership.

The MPs had also accused the CS of unprocedural suspension of KNH CEO Lilly Koros, arrogance and disrespecting them. At least 124 MPs had by this week signed the motion.

The Constitution requires at least a third of the 349 members of the National Assembly to append their signatures to meet the threshold.










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