Referral hospital’s ICU and theatre shut as cash crisis rise

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The intensive care and theatre units at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital have been closed due to a cash crisis.But acting director Aly Omar could neither confirm nor deny the closure of the essential units to local politicians on an impromptu visit to the hospital.The management is blaming the Treasury for not honouring its budget allocations.Dr Omar said the hospital asked the Treasury for Sh2.1 billion last year but only received Sh1.27 billion.Area MP Peris Simam and three other lawmakers wanted to know why standards at the hospital had deteriorated.Management problems“Can we still refer to this as a referral hospital when the ICU and theatre are not working?” asked Eldoret North MP William Ruto.While Dr Omar maintained that financial problems were the cause of the hospital’s miseries, the MPs said that was only part of the problem.They insisted that the management was also to blame.More info click here