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19 Health workers Arrested: Alfred Mutua cracks the whip on ‘rogue’ health facilities in Machakos | NEWS | Eldoretplus

The county government of Machakos will not entertain any private medical facility operating anywhere near public health institutions.

Governor Alfred Mutua yesterday revoked business permits of chemist shops, private laboratories as well as clinics operating within a radius of 300 meters from all level 4 and level 5 hospitals across the county.Dr Mutua issued the directive after carrying out an impromptu raid on private medical facilities which had been operating near Machakos level 5, the largest referral facility in the county.

On February 7th this year, the governor issued a three-month ultimatum to operators of private health facilities near public hospitals to relocate or risk closure. This was after several facilities were found in possession of Government-branded medicine and other medical equipment in their premises.

Some nineteen people were arrested in the operation while dozens others managed to escape.
Mutua termed yesterday’s directive as necessary measure to tame rampant corruption and exploitation of patients by rogue government officers who had been working in cahoots with private clinicians to enrich themselves at the expense of innocent and desperate residents.

Said Dr Mutua “We are doing this in the interest of the general public who are being exploited every day and overcharged for medical services  which are supposed to be offered free of charge in all public hospitals.”
Mutua said failure by the private practitioners to comply with the laid down regulations was reflective of a society which disregards the rule of law to thrive on short cuts and corruption.

“The reason life is difficult and expensive in Kenya is because of impunity and corruption. Our road accidents, collapsing buildings, many avoidable deaths, injuries and even daily frustrations by wananchi can be halted if we ended impunity and greed,” Dr Mutua said.
The county boss directed the minister in charge of decentralized units to implement the directive across all the eight sub countie.
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