CECM National Caucus Chairman Seeks Contract Extension Of MES Project


The  Chairman County Executive Committee Members  Caucus in Kenya, Dr Joseph Mbai has assured counties that no equipment leased under Managed Equipment Services (MES) Project will be repossesed after the end of seven year contract in 2022.

Speaking in Busia town on Monday after paying a courtesy call to the Deputy Governor, Mbai, who was also the MES team leader said they are on a tour of various counties to discuss with the leadership of those counties on prospects of extending the contract of the equipment by a further three years.

“He allayed fears that the equipment will be repossessed after the expiry of the contract, noting that they will be retained based on the one dollar value concept.

Chief Officer Medical Services Dr Isaac Omeri said MES was a very noble idea which has benefited the county immensely including CT scan.

Dr Omeri said the extension of the contract will be a welcome idea, he also called for the transfer of the renal unit from its current location to the Accident and Emergency Unit.

The Kenyan government in 2015 leased various medical equipment in a Ksh 63 billion deal that were supplied to various referral and sub county hospitals across the country.

Deputy Governor H.E Moses Mulomi thanked the National Government led by Hon Mbai for reviewing the MES project which he said had improved service delivery at Busia County Referral and Kocholia Sub County hospitals.

“Service delivery has improved tremendously since the installation of the equipment at BCRH and Kocholia. What we want is the costing Kenya signed contracts with five private firms in 2015 to lease specialised equipment like CT scanners to the country’s 47 county governments, who manage most health services, in a deal praised by the World Bank at the time for its ability to be replicated elsewhere on the continent.

The firms included China’s Shenzhen Mindray, India’s Esteem Industries, General Electric and Philips.

Those present included Director Medical Services, Dr Janetose Ambuchi, BCRH Medical Superitendent Dr Emukule Nammudala County BIOMED Joseph Nundu and a team from Ministry of Health Headquaters in Nairobi.


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