Jan 27, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

Writing about the main

Kenyans died of Covid-19 as ventilators lay idle in public hospitals

A special review of the use of Covid-19 funds from March 13, 2020, when Covid-19 was first reported in the country, to July 31, 2020 shows that counties have received the ventilators for use in their stage three , four, five and in referral hospitals.

However, the findings of Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu, currently before the National Assembly, paint a bleak picture of the country’s preparedness to deal with the global pandemic.

The audit to confirm the legality and effectiveness of the expenditure made has been approved by the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC), chaired by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi.

It shows that some hospitals are the used devices for their intended purpose, others either transferred them to other hospitals who could use them, while others left them unused in stores and in their original packaging.

< p>The districts with the hospitals that received the ventilators according to the special audit report included Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Nakuru, Kitui, Mandera, Nyeri, Taita Taveta and Laikipia.

“The ventilators were attached sent some hospitals that weren’t ready yet, so they weren’t installed and were still in their original packaging,” the special audit report says.

Covid-19 Hotspot

For example, received Kajiado County did have five ventilators for Ngong Level 4 Hospital, but all were still in their original packaging, four months after the pandemic was first reported in Kenya, despite the urgent need to save lives.

The hospital of Ruiru Subdistrict in Kiambu received five ventilators but they were not installed because the hospital was not ready for installation at the time of the audit.

In Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Nairobi, 18 ventilators advice was obtained to help with treatment. However, a look at the special audit report shows that the machines were not used as there was no intensive care unit.

“The items were in stock at the time of the audit,” the report states.

Nevertheless, apart from the high population, Nairobi was the hotspot of the disease in the country and therefore required more ventilators to save lives.

The report also shows that, although five ventilators in the hospital Nyahururu Level 4 in Laikipia, they could not be received because there was no intensive care unit. Instead, the devices were taken to the Intensive Care Unit (CCU) at Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital.

At Kauwi Level 4 Hospital in Kitui, the script is the same. The five ventilators were received at the facility but were not being used at the time of the audit because the hospital did not have an intensive care unit. The machines were still in the shop at the time of the audit.

Spread of Covid-19

Five ventilators were received at Langa Langa Level 3 Hospital in Nakuru on June 11, 2020. The audit shows that on October 6, 2020, two units were issued to the Annex Provincial General Hospital (PGH), the remaining three were issued to the PGH Nakuru on October 7, 2020.

Othaya Hospital Level 5 in Nyeri received five ventilators but instead had them sent to Kenyatta National Hospital ( KNH, Nairobi.

Although hospitals in the districts did not have sufficient capacity, others did well

< p>The same applies to Kamor Infectious Disease Hospital in Mandera, which received two ventilators, Mwatate Level 3 Hospital in Taita Taveta and Tigoni Level 4 Hospital in Kiambu, which each received five ventilators.

The Ventilators were purchased thanks to significant support given by the national government from various development partners to help treat and contain the spread of Covid-19.

Among the various development partners n the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the African Development Bank (ADB) and the European Union (EU).