Nyali Member of Parliament Mohammed Ali has called on the national government to take over Kenya’s health sector from counties.
According to the legislator, devolving the health sector was a big mistake, one that has seen the deterioration of health standards in the country.
The MP castigated governors, for having misplaced priorities, investing taxpayers money in projects that do not help citizens.
Speaking to NTV, the former journalist opposed those who are calling on the government to declare cancer a national disaster arguing that the state has adequate resources to deal with the disease.
Ali also said that Kenya has an acute shortage of doctors, a contributing factor to the disaster.
According to the World Health Organization, one doctor should attend to 1,000 people but one doctor in Kenya is attending to approximately 10,000 patients.
According to Ali, doctors are not to blame for the malfunction experienced in hospitals as they are overworked. “Mombasa county has only 198 doctors for one million residents. Kenya needs 34,445 more doctors to improve the health sector,” said Ali.
He urged leaders to take the issue of health with the seriousness it deserves and look into the needs of the poorer citizens.