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MP claims leased medical equipment in Tharaka Nithi idle

The multi-million shillings medical equipment leased to Tharaka Nithi by the national government have never been used, more than two months since they were delivered, a lawmaker has claimed.

Chuka-Igambangombe MP Muthomi Njuki accused the county government of reluctance to use the machines “lying idle” at Chuka General Hospital.

He said the county has failed to source for enough power to run the machines, instead sends patients to Nairobi, 200km away, for specialised treatment.

“The national government under the Medical Scheme Programme leased five dialysis machines among other state-of-the-art medical equipment to the hospital but patients are still suffering travelling to Kenyatta National Hospital to look for services,” said Mr Njuki at Kalongoni dispensary on Wednesday.

But Health executive Magdalene Njeru termed the claim political witch-hunt.

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“This is a programme by the national government and we are not allowed to interfere with it until it is handed over to us after they are through with the installation,” she said.

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