Hundreds of patients detained in Nairobi county hospitals over unpaid bills have been given a reprieve after Governor Johnson Sakaja ordered their release.
Sakaja said the county government will settle the outstanding bills to allow the patients to reunite with their families during the Christmas holidays.
The governor issued the directive on Tuesday when he presided over the lighting of the Christmas tree, an event held annually by the Nairobi city county government.
“I have directed that all persons detained at our county hospitals because of non-payment be released to go home to be with their families this Christmas,” he said.
Sakaja noted that the release of detained patients will not only reduce expenses incurred by the hospitals to cater for them but also create space for other patients in need.
“In many cases. it is even more expensive to cater for them in terms of food etc and patients who need space miss it,” he added.
During the event, Sakaja gave food support for 40 children’s and old persons’ homes for Christmas and urged Nairobians to be givers and remember the less fortunate.
‘Let us love one another, let us be considerate and kind people, let us be our brothers’ keeper. When you give you become a co-worker with God and the more you give the more you receive,” he said.