Senate committee on health touring Lamu County has hinted that Lamu County governor Fahim Twaha will appear before the Senate to explain reasons behind Lamu dwindling health sector.
The Trans Nzoia Senator Dr. Michael Mbito led committee noted that King Fahad and Mpeketoni hospitals are in poor condition and lack medicine.
Dr. Mbito said it is a requirement for the Lamu Governor to ensure locals get the required health care.
According to Mbito, Lamu health sector is wanting and the situation must be contained.
“On hearing that we are coming to his County, the Governor decided to hide, we will smoke him out and ensure he appears before the Senate,” insisted Mr. Mbito.
He said the situation at Mpeketoni hospital was even worse with the only ambulance grounded.
“What happens when there is an emergency and a patient needs to be transferred to Coast General referral hospital in Mombasa?” posed the Senator.
On his part, Kisumu Senator Fred Outta reiterated that Mr. Twaha must appear before the Senate to explain the pathetic and sorry state Lamu County health sector is facing.
[Senators led by Lamu Senator Anuwar Loitiptip at the King Fahad hospital. Photo/courtesy].
“We are not threatening him but as a watchdog role of the Senate, we are promising him of serious accountability issues that he must address before the Senate,” noted Outta.
He said Lamu residents must get quality basic services among them proper health services, clean and adequate water, education infrastructure and general development.
The Senate visit comes amid complaints from Lamu residents over poor health services in Mpeketoni, King Fahad and other public health facilities in the County.
During his recent visit to Mpeketoni hospital in Lamu, Lamu County Senator Anuwar Loitiptip vowed to take his governor head on.
He said the poor health services in the county were as a result of laxity, corruption and recklessness among the county health officials headed by the governor, Fahim Twaha.
“We will not remain silent while our people are dying in hospitals because of lack of proper health care, we will take decisive actions,” Mr. Anuwar vowed.