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Government orders closure of 811 clinics

The Ministry of Health on Wednesday, ordered the closure of 811 clinics countrywide for failing to meet set up standards.

The Ministry through a statement said that the affected clinics did not meet the standard after an inspection was conducted for a period of six months.

“The Ministry of Health and the Regulatory Bodies under the coordination of the Kenya Health Professionals Oversight Authority (KHPOA) conducted a joint inspection for purposes of categorization/ classification of facilities from February 2019 to August 2019, in accordance with Section 25 (1) of the Health Act read together with the First schedule.

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“This was based on the services offered, the health infrastructure and the health personnel minimum standards as per the legal notice No. 3 of the medical practitioners and Dentists Act (Cap253)” the statement read in part.

The directive has started being implemented with Elgeyo Marakwet County, shutting down at least 33 facilities.

Ministry of Health Directive

Kiprono Chepkok, Elgeyo Marakwet Health CEC, who confirmed the incident said they received an order from the Ministry of Health to have 33 health facilities in the region closed.

We received a letter from the Ministry through the Council of Governors that ordered 33 facilities in our county to be closed. No reasons were stipulated in the letter, however, it states that inspections were carried out two months ago.

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“Indeed health inspectors visited the county at the said time but we did not receive a report on their findings. But we agree that some facilities have not met the standards and this is because some facilities are opened to help the residents in marginalized areas to receive much needed health services. They’d have gone through proper channels to help address the issues ,” the minister reported.

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