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SENATE PROCEEDINGS ON THE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

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“Counties are not aware of the contractual agreements on the Managed Equipment Services (MES) between the National Ministry of Health and the suppliers of the equipment,” said Council of Governors Chairman, H.E. Wycliffe Oparanya during his submissions before a Senate Ad-hoc committee formed to investigate the leasing of the Medical Equipment Services

In the Senate Committee meeting chaired by Isiolo County Senator Ms. Fatuma Dulo, the Council of Governors Chairman clarified on the conditions under which the equipment were delivered to Counties 5years ago. The matter has been brought to the attention of the Senate on several occasions. It was noted that even as Counties continue to use the equipment, a myriad of challenges continue to surround the equipment with the most grave one thus far being the annual payments remitted by Counties towards leasing. County Governments now remit 200 million every year up from 95 million in 2014 when the equipment were first supplied.

Speaking during the meeting, Council of Governors Chairman stated that the only participation by the Counties at the time was only in the select two high capacity hospitals that would benefit from the scheme. “County Governments were requested to give two high volume hospitals that would benefit from Managed Equipment Services,” said the Chairman. “There was no consultation in the entire conceptualization of the program. Unfortunately the lack of participation by the COG or the County Governments led to duplication as some Counties received equipment they had already procured,” Governor Oparanya continued.

Emerging from the meeting was the fact that County Governments were not involved in discussing the needs and service delivery priorities in health which would then inform the delivery of the equipment.

Senator Fatuma Dulo, Chairperson of the ad-hoc committee noted that an Auditor General’s report had quoted that over 25billion was the amount County Governments had paid to the lease of the said equipment this far. She questioned the value for money in the implementation of the scheme.

H.E Mureithi Nderitu, Governor Laikipia County who was present in the meeting noted that the mode of disbursements towards the project contravene the Public Finance Management Act as the monies are not channeled through the County Revenue Account. Further, Counties are charged a one off fee despite having received different equipment. What then would be the basis for this charge?

To date, the Council of Governors has put immense efforts to get critical information on the scheme. The Council has been in correspondence with office of the Attorney General, Senate and the Ministry of Health on the same. So far, no information has reached the Council regarding the same. It’s in view to this that the Kakamega Governor praised the move by the

senate to probe the scheme. “Just as with the Cuban agreement, the concept is noble. However, can counties be given the opportunity to identify what their needs.” Decried the Chairman CoG.

The ad-hoc committee on health was formed to review whether Counties were involved in prioritizing the program, look into the viability of the leasing arrangement versus purchase among other. They are scheduled to receive correspondences between the Council of Governors (on behalf of the 47 County Governments) and the Senate, Ministry of Health and office of the Attorney General. This will shape their recommendation over the future and viability of the scheme going forward.

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