19 February 2013

Kenya: Moi Referral Prepares for Poll Incidents

The Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital has asked the government to give it Sh100 million "for the March 4 election emergencies".

The hospital's board wants the government to provide the money and enough medical supplies so that the hospital is well prepared to handle medical cases resulting from the election campaigns.

The CEO John Kibosia said the hospital's management is concerned about the preparedness by hospitals in the region to handle emergencies.

"We already have increasing cases of assault and accidents from the ongoing campaigns and we think the government should provide extra funds so that hospitals can handle the cases,"said Kibosia.

"During the 2007/8 post-election violence, the hospital was caught 'unaware' and we had to use more than Sh200 million on emergencies."

Kibosia said the money has yet to be refunded by the government. The CEO said the hospital is underfunded and fears depleting its resources. He said the hospital has enough and experienced staff to handle emergencies.

Other key government departments including the police service, provincial administration among others have received support to be prepared for the polls but district hospitals and other medical facilities lack adequate drugs and other medical supplies required as part of preparedness. The hospitals require ambulances and other vehicles for use during the polls.

Meanwhile the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Choir has been in Rwanda representing Kenya at the East Africa festivals in Kigali. The choir for the Kigali festivals following successful performances during the National Festivals held in Nairobi in December, 2012.

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