200 private hospitals risk closure over waste management regulations

Two hundred private hospitals and clinics in Uasin Gishu County have been issued with a seven day ultimatum to comply with waste management regulations or be closed down.

The Uasin Gishu County Executive Committee member for Health, Mary Njogu accused the private health facilities of carelessly disposing toxic waste along river banks and on bare ground.

Addressing the press in Eldoret town after touring Sosiani River, Njogu said the habit was posing serious threats to people who come across the waste noting that the most vulnerable were street children.

She said the county has already mapped out the targeted hospitals and clinics that have not complied with the waste management regulations for shut down after expiry of the one week notice.

We are set to close down all the hospital and clinics in the areas which fail to show how they dispose their waste to the task force on health formed recently, within seven days.

Njogu advised owners of the private health facilities to sign the MOU with Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) who will offer the disposal service at a fee to avoid being grounded due noncompliance with waste management regulations.

Source: Kenya News Agency