After last Monday’s ambush of the public to the Kitui General hospital now the county government has ironically announced that it will spend whooping 6 million shillings not to buy hospital equipment or drugs for the suffering patients but to install CCTV Surveillance camera to prevent unwarranted ambushes by the members of the public.
“The county will use Sh6 million to install surveillance cameras in Kitui and Mwingi Level Four hospitals.” Health Chief Officer Fredrick Muli said. “The project is meant to enhance security in the two facilities.” He added.
The Health CEO said this condemning the incident that occurred last Sunday when a group of activists forced their way into the county referral hospital and reportedly roughed up a guard to protest reports that doctors had neglected accident victims.
This was of course followed by an impromptu visit by the incumbent’s rival, former Lands CS Charity Ngilu, who was on record condemning the poor state of the general county hospital and vowed that she would make health agenda her priority if she is elected the next county chief.
The newest pronouncements by the health CO leaves us wondering on where the county priorities are, yes CCTV cameras are very good, they will help the hospital curtail careless treatment of the patients but this is not what the patients need at the moment. This kind of upside priorities is the reason why our hospitals have no water, no medical staff and no medicine but has huge Televison sets in wards and now CCTV cameras!.