Nakuru has over 40 idle health facilities built through Constituency Development Fund (CDF) or by the county government.
This has been as a result of failure to employ staff to operate in the facilities, which are valued at millions of shillings. Some of the health facilities have been unused for up to three years.
Health Chief Executive Mungai Kabii confirmed the sorry state of affairs and said that the county was in the process of handling the problem of staff shortfall. He said that the county government set up 28 health facilities while the MPs, through the CDF kitty, built 13, none of which is operational.
Dr Kabii assured that all the health centres will be fully operational by December when the county will have employed the required staff.
“The equipment for these centres is available and the main reason operations stalled was the high wage bill, which barred us from hiring. But this has now been resolved,” he said.
Naivasha sub-county has the largest number of health centers, with five lying unused.
Naivasha Professional Association CEO Absolom Mukhusi says lack of proper planning, competition and consultation were to blame for this crisis
Mr Mukhusi added that since the county government took over healthy services, very few health staff had been hired.
Simon Wanyoike the MCA for Lakeview MCA whose ward is also a victim of the crisis, blamed lack of staff for the dormant facilities.
“We built a health centre in Kayole two years ago but it has been lying idle due to lack of personnel. But we are looking forward to starting it soon” he said.
Recently, the county’s Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto said there was no need for additional health facilities when there were no workers to run them.
A recent research by the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union indicated that the Kenya is in need of 83,000 doctors to meet World Health Organisation standards.