Government hospitals in Mombasa county lack basic essential facilities and qualified health personnel, an audit report says. Preliminary results from two dispensaries in Nyali constituency have shown the institutions cannot handle patients.
Assembly Health Committee chair Kibwana Swaleh said they want to establish the challenges facing health at the county level. Speaking to the Star yesterday, Swaleh said it is a shame that hospitals in Mombasa cannot be trusted by patients. "We have a serious problem with our hospitals as many lack facilities and doctors," he said.
The audit on Kongowea dispensary revealed that only five out of the 24 employed health workers are trained. The 19 others lack health education background and are said to be employed as volunteers, according to Swaleh.
The dispensary also lacks medicine and essential facilities hence the health officers have to refer their patients to the Coast General Hospital or send them to buy medicine from the private chemists.
A private developer is also said to have grabbed land adjacent to the dispensary making it impossible for future expansion.The institution is also surrounded by hawkers who have built up structures on the perimeter wall and the front gate making it hard to access it in case of an emergency.
Meanwhile, the Ziwa la Ngo'mbe clinic does not exist despite documents showing that it is operational. "We just found a building which was left under construction long time ago," said Swaleh.
The 17-member committee will be meeting today (Tuesday) at the county assembly chambers to discuss on the preliminary report.
The chair said they will agree on whether to table the report from each county or compile the report from the entire six Mombasa constituencies before tabling it on the floor of the house after the recess.The committee will visit the health facilities in Mvita, Changamwe, Likoni and Jomvu respectively after today's meeting.