MP faults decision to close down two health facilities

By KNA On Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 11:12 | < 1 min read
omvu MP Badi Twalib displays masks which were made by local tailors to be distributed to his constituents in the fight against the coronavirus at his residence at Miritini in Jomvu constituency, Mombasa County.

Jomvu MP Badi Twalib has condemned Mombasa County government for the closure of two sub-county health facilities in his constituency.

Badi said it was wrong for the county to close down Jomvu and Miritini health centres at a time the coastal county was battling the coronavirus pandemic.

He said the devolved unit has stopped posting health workers to the facilities and was using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse.

Badi said he would oppose the closure of the facilities and transfer of the medical officers, saying this would backpedal gains registered at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. 

He spoke when he presented a cheque worth Sh10.5 million to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to the fund’s southern region marketing manager Mumbi M’nairobi during a brief ceremony held outside his residence at Miritini in Jomvu constituency, Mombasa County.

The two-term MP scoffed at the county government for closing health centres in the outskirts of the coastal city instead of opening more for the communities living on the fringes especially at this time of the coronavirus crisis.

Badi reminded the county government that the national government’s idea was to construct more health facilities at the sub county levels to decongest constituency and county health facilities.

He added that decongesting overcrowded urban health facilities was in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) policy.

“I wish to register my displeasure with the county government move to shut down two health facilities in my constituency,” he said on Wednesday.

“We will reject the move to transfer the health officers to other health facilities to give support in the war against virus elsewhere which will lead to the closure of the two facilities,” he said.

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