License of Ruai Hospital in Nairobi Revoked

A medicine vial labelled coronavirus vaccine.
  • Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council (KMPDC) has revoked the license of Ruai Hospital in Nairobi and ordered its management to shut down the facility.

    In a statement shared on Tuesday, August 31, the council indicated that the decision was reached at after evidence showed that the hospital contravened Covid-19 vaccination rules.

    The team further found that Ruai, which was approved to carry out vaccinations, had sneaked some of the vaccines to unauthorised facilities.

    KMPDC further noted that the vaccination exercise had been carried out in uncontrolled manner.

    A medicine vial labelled coronavirus vaccine.

    “KMPDC CEO Daniel Yumbya has revoked the operating license of Ruai Family Hospital. This follows credible information that the facility has contravened the rules governing COVID-19 vaccines deployment and diversion of vaccines meant for use at the facility to other unauthorized premises under unclear circumstances.

    “The council is in receipt of credible information that the Ruai Family Hospital which is designated as a COVID-19 Vaccination Centre has; Contravened the rules and regulations governing the COVID-19 deployment; and Diverted vaccines meant for use at the said facility under unclear circumstances to other unauthorized premises, and carried out the vaccination exercises in an uncontrolled environment, wherein the quality and efficacy of vaccines cannot be ascertained and thus endangering public safety,†read the statement in part.

    As a result, the council questioned the safety of the facility and directed it to be shut down and all patients transferred.

    Its management was directed to contact the relatives of its patients for transfer within 48 hours.

    “The hospital management has been summoned to appear before the Council’s Disciplinary and Ethics Committee on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 10.00 a.m.,” continued the statement.

    This comes a day after Health CS Mutahi Kagwe cautioned Kenyans against taking their jabs at unauthorised centers due to safety concerns.

    Kagwe explained that there was a high chance that the facilities could be providing other substances and passing them off as Covid-19 vaccines.

    “The DCI has moved in some facilities that have been illegally vaccinating people for Covid-19 and charging them for that vaccination and I would like to tell Kenyans that such exercises that are going are illegal.

    “Chances are that you are not even being vaccinated with proper vaccines. There is every possibility that you are even being vaccinated with water and paying for it,” cautioned the CS.

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe address the press in May 2021