Health ministry on the spot light over stalled 4.8billion project

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The health ministry is on the spot again for a stalled hospital data project worth Sh4.8billion.

The contract of the project was awarded to Seven Seas Technologies in October, 2017 to link 121 hospitals with Kenyatta National hospital (KNH) to help track patients seeking specialized treatment. The project was also meant to track pharmacy and laboratory information from all hospitals.

A report by Business daily reveals that the ministry barred seven seas Technologies from putting up the facility “until KNH inspects it” and also failed to provide a letter of support that a local bank required to release Sh1.8billion for project costs.

The article reveals that the taxpayers now stand a chance of losing Sh3.84billion or 80% of the total contract value to Seven seas technologies should the government terminate the contract.

Seven Seas Chief Executive Officer who appeared before senate committee probing the project said that they have acquired equipment worth over Sh250million meant for the data center but unfortunately it is lying idle at the port of Mombasa since January last year.

However, the ministry is said to have stopped the project so as to seek some clarifications from the Attorney General in regard to the contract and said that it would give further communication to the contracted firm.