Written by John Kabaka
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Two medical clinics that have featured prominently in the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) mega scandal have hurriedly opened branches in Kakamega town to portray their national outreach.
Clinix healthcare started operating in the town soon after obtaining a license from the Kakamega municipal council march this year while meridian medical centre opened on 30th last month.
A survey by West Fm can reveal that Meridian medical centre is located in Nakumatt supermarket building on first floor while the Clinix health care has its location in Tuskys mega mall building opposite Muliro Garden.
As we visited the two facilities no patient was being treated or seeking treatment. A skeleton staff was seen loitering a clear indication that no services were being offered to civil servants.
Only Meridian medical centre has put a sign post and a banner to show its existence in Kakamega town while Clinix healthcare has a bill board at the entry of Tuskys supermarket.
A data entry clerk at the Clinix healthcare Miss Lilian Okola said they started operating in Kakamega on 8th march this year and since then they have remained opened giving services to civil servants and other NHIF card holders.
She denied they were ghost clinic that has been allocated millions of shillings in a mega scandal that has hit the medical insurance fund for civil servants.
It was difficult to obtain photographs of the meridian medical centre as the lady receptionist said that could only be done after permission from her senior who was then out of Kakamega town.
The two clinics have detailed the services they provide to civil servants on their bill boards with Clinix claiming it has 100 branches countrywide and clinics in Southern Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and all the five East African countries.
Meridian on its part claims to have sixteen medical centers in the country.
However, on its brochure it has listed its services, the Kakamega branch is though yet to be put on the brochure as it is not among the centres it has in the country showing that it hurriedly came to Kakamega recently to portray a national outlook following the revelation of the major scandal at NHIF headquarters.
Private health care providers consortium have disowned the two clinics as their members terming them ghost clinics which showed not to have been allocated millions of shillings to provide medical services to civil servants.
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