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184 Patients, 387 Bodies Detained at KNH Over Ksh6 Billion Debt

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Kenyatta National Hospital. [Courtesy]

Ministry of Health has revealed that Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) has been detaining patients and bodies over an accumulated debt of almost Ksh6 billion.

In a report released on Thursday, the Ministry noted that 184 patients and 387 bodies have been detained by the facility due to the debt.

The report put the exact non-payment at Ksh 5, 692,834,284.

The ministry released the details following an expose done by Citizen TV that revealed how women are being detained at the facility over non-payment.

In response to the detention, the ministry noted: “To address the accumulation of patient bills in hospitals, the Ministry communicates to relevant hospitals to waive the bills or enter into a credit facility or cases that are brought to our attention.”

Read: Cancer Patient Denied Healthcare Services At Kenyatta Hospital For Failing To Pay Ksh1,950

Other hospital facilities said to be detaining patients included Kakamega Referral Hospital which has a total of 56 patients with an outstanding debt of Ksh3,336,806.

Nakuru County Referral Hospital has been reported to have 15 patients who owe the facility a total of Ksh850,780.

Eldoret’s Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital has no detained patient,however, a debt of Ksh1billion as recorded.

The ministry presented the data from 216 health facilities out of the existing 3,511 public and private facilities categories as level 3 up to level 6.

This report comes after MPs asked the ministry to table the number of patients detained countrywide following the expose.

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Written by Jael Keya

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