What you need to know:
- The county's director for Health Janerose Ambuchi said the hospital has requested for the needed supplies and that other services are being offered as usual.
Maternity services at the Busia County Referral Hospital have been suspended because of shortage of essential pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical supplies.
In a communication issued on Thursday, Consultant Gynaecologist for the level four hospital Dr Nalika Robai said the wing will remain closed until the medical supplies are restocked.
“We have suspended all operations at the maternity theatre, maternity ward and gynae ward.
“This is due to lack of essential supplies like Ocytocin, Bupivacain, sutures, morphine and gauze among others which are critical components in the department,” he said.
The move has already raised concerns in the border county as a section of residents have threatened to protest over failure by the county government to equip the referral hospital.
“We need services to be restored within seven days. If not, we are going to organise protests to push the county to do what they are supposed to do,” said John Etyang, a resident.
Another resident, Simon Wandera, also claimed that patients admitted to the hospital facing food shortage.
The county's director for Health Janerose Ambuchi said the hospital has requested for the needed supplies and that other services are being offered as usual.
She also noted that food suppliers will be restored because suppliers were recently issued with LPOs.
Locals have called on Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’s administration to address the matter urgently to avert a looming crisis.