Nairobi, Sept. 17 -- Counties have closed inpatient services at public health facilities and sent workers on two weeks leave amid protest from the Senate over the shutdown.

The Council of Governors (CoG) yesterday barred hospitals from admitting new patients and suspended all non-essential services, citing lack of funds to run operations.

It blamed senators who have failed to agree on the proposed revenue allocation formula needed to share Sh316.5 billion revenue among counties.

"County health facilities will therefore not permit any new inpatient admissions, they will only provide minimal outpatient services," CoG chairperson who is also the Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya said in a circular.

"All non-essential services are hereby ...