Angry medics decry lack of drugs, reveal how Embu Level 5 patients are left to survive on ‘strong tea’

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 7 Oct, 2021 12:29 | 2 mins read
A photo file of Embu level 5 hospital: PHOTO/COURTESY

Medics in Embu county have decried a bad state of health facilities, particularly in the county, particularly Embu level 5 hospital.

Addressing press in Embu level 5 hospital officials of unions of medics alleged that patients had been subjected to suffering in the health facilities because of lack of important commodities and equipment’s to accord them necessary treatment.

Led by Kenya National Union of Nurses chairman Joseph Ngwasi, they said patients were taking strong tea (tea without milk).

Ngwasi observed that the hospitals also lack drugs and that as health workers they were tired of referring patients to private hospitals and private chemistry to buy drugs.

According to Ngwasi, the union does not see the need of keeping the patients in hospitals only to suffer at the hands of the doctors.

The medics said the anticipated strike on Monday will still take place until the county government accepts to meet their grievances.

He said all third-party deductions have not been remitted to the relevant institutions and that health workers are suffering.

“We are dissatisfied by the status of health sector in Embu since medics are suffering together with patients, how can a patient lack something important morning tea ,patients are being given black tea ,”Ngwasi said

His sentiments were echoed by Aloyius Njoka who urged the county government to move with speed and save the county health sector.

Njoka also blamed the elected leaders, especially the Members of Embu County Assembly, for laxity and silence over the state of affairs in the county hospitals.

“Let the MCAs ,the governor and the executive take our positions from Monday and treat patients, wash hospitals since we are tired the hospitals have no equipments we are just here to disappoint our patients ,”Njoka said

Felix Fundi said the county assembly reduced the budget for Embu level 5 hospital from over Ksh 234 million to Ksh 80 million, which has resulted in difficult in operations in the hospital.

He alleged that it was unfair for the office of the governor to be allocated Ksh 180 million when people are suffering.

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