All County Hospitals Won’t Admit New Patients for Two Weeks

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Kenyans seeking inpatient treatment in various county hospitals across the country will not receive any assistance after governors suspended operations due to lack of money.

The Chairman of the Council of Governors Wycliffe Oparanya on Wednesday wrote to the county bosses asking them not allow hospitals to admit more patients for the next two weeks but offer only minimal outpatient services.

“All non-essential services are hereby suspended and county employees are hereby advised to proceed on leave for two weeks,” Oparanya, also Kakamega governor, said.

The cash crunch in the counties has been linked to the Senators’ failure to agree on a formula to distribute allocations to the devolved units.

The lawmakers have been haggling for months over how to distribute funds. On Tuesday, President Kenyatta appeared to break the deadlock after promising Sh50 billion on top of counties’s funds next financial year.

“The Senate has still not been able to unlock the stalemate on the flow of funds. It is therefore not clear when this impasse will be resolved,” added Oparanya.