Busia District Hospital needs Sh5 million to buy non-pharmaceuticals for treating victims of an oil tanker fire and pay medical staff.
District hospital medical superintendent Roselyn Atieno told journalists that Sh3.5 million would be used to treat survivors of last week’s tanker fire at River Suo on the Busia-Kisumu highway. (READ: Kenya suffers another petrol fire, four dead and 45 injured)
She said Sh1.5 million would go towards allowances for medical officers who came from different hospitals to treat the victims.
“The fire has so far claimed 13 lives. A number of them died while being treated,” said Dr Atieno.
The hospital medical superintendent said they had received more than 30 medical officers and specialists from Kenyatta National Hospital and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.
She spoke at the hospital when she led Special Programmes minister Esther Murugi who had visited the victims at Alupe and Busia district hospitals.
Ms Murugi regretted that the government was spending a lot of money on treatment of fire victims who failed to heed warnings not to siphon off fuel.
“The money the government is using treating victims could have been directed to other activities if the victims had heeded warnings against siphoning off fuel,” the minister said.
She assured families of the dead that the government would help to identify the remains through DNA.
“We will help the families identify their loved ones,” she said.
Ms Murugi distributed 200 bags of maize, 100 bags of beans and 50 bags of rice to the survivors.