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Oparanya mulls halting free maternity services in cash row

Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has threatened to withdraw free maternity services if national government does not reimburse Sh40 million it owes the county.

Mr Oparanya said they will start charging patients if the Ministry of Health does not reimburse the money. He cautioned that the Jubilee government flagship project could collapse unless urgent action is taken.

The governor said they have been compelled to withdraw monies from their own resources to cater for the services.

“We are unable to continue providing the much needed service due to financial crisis. We demand that the ministry reimburse the money with immediate effect, failure to which we will be compelled to withdraw the service,” he said.