Ministry shuts down over 800 dispensaries over poor health standards

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Over 800 dispensaries countrywide have been shut down for not meeting required health standards.
A statement from the Ministry of Health dated October 8, indicated the closure directive comes after a countrywide inspection for the last two years
The inspection was done by the Ministry of Health and the regulatory bodies under the coordination of the Kenya Health Professional Oversight Authority(KHPOA).
The inspection was based on the services offered, the health infrastructure and the health personnel.
The affected health centers have been asked to apply for operation licences from the relevant regulatory bodies after complying with minimum standards.
Governors have also been asked to coordinate with their county health management teams at the grassroots to ensure that they comply with the order.
The most affected county is Nairobi with 88 closed dispensaries.
Some of the closed centres in Nairobi include Mariakani Cottage Hospital in Utawala, Orthodox Dispensary in Riruta, Thika Road Health Services in Kawangware, Meridian Medical Center, Green Span Medical Centre among others.
Machakos has 43 dispensaries that did not meet the required health standards.
Kericho and Tharaka Nithi, were found to have fully complied with the health standards.

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