The ministry of health, through the office of the director general of health Dr Wekesa Masasabi has ordered the closure of several health facilities across the country.
In a circular sent to the council of governors, the director general of health instructed the various County Executive Committee (CEC) members, chief officers and county directors in charge of health to ensure the execution of the closure of the named hospitals and clinics.
This follows an inspection conducted by the ministry in collaboration with various health regulatory bodies and the Kenya Health Professionals Oversight Authority (KHPOA) between February and August 2019 for the purposes of categorization and classification of health facilities in accordance with the Health Act 2017.
The decision to close the facilities was based on the services offered, health infrastructure and health personnel minimum standards set in law which the facilities did not meet.
The ministry has directed their immediate closure until they comply with the minimum standards applied by relevant regulatory bodies like the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board, the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians Board and the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.