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Nyamira Governor warns health facilities administrators over rampant selling of drugs meant for the public

Nyamira county governor has warned anyone found culpable of misusing and selling drugs meant for the public.

Nyaribo said the residents of Nyamira county have suffered for long by lacking drugs in health facilities where they should get them for free, but instead the drugs end up being sold to private hospitals and pharmacies.

” We have had cases whereby drugs are supplied to all our facilities but the residents do not get them. Let this be clear to all the health facilities management, we will trace all the drugs and if we discover they have not reached the intended patients, you will have to ‘vomit’ them, Nyaribo noted.

Nyaribo spoke at the county office in Nyamira town on Tuesday when he flagged off drugs supplied to the county by the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA)

The county government procured drugs worth Sh. 32.5 million from the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA)which will be distributed to all the 113 health facilities across the 5 sub-counties in Nyamira County.

Nyaribo said the county government has already appointed a task force to look into the issue of sustainable commodity solution and provide recommendations for a lasting solution.

“We are developing an online reporting system that would improve transparency in the management of commodities especially drugs, and this will enable the residents to know all the drugs in the facilities whereby this will work alongside the current measures being initiated by the national government on commodity management,” Nyaribo said.

KEMSA CEO Edward Njoroge confirmed that the authority has put in place a robust distribution network that will guarantee the supplies flagged off on Tuesday last-mile location in Nyamira County within a week.

In his statement read by Nyanza and Western sales CEO Silviah Munyasi, Njoroge reaffirmed the authority’s continued effort to ensure adequate stock availability to service the counties efficiently and effectively.

Nyamira County has today demonstrated that it puts the health of its residents first by making sure that the public health facilities within its borders are fully stocked,” Njoroge expressed.

Njoroge appraised Nyamira as a good client citing its good credit history and payment plan that does not surpass the 360 days.

“The delivery of this medical commodities demonstrates the strong partnership KEMSA has with the counties and its willingness to improve its service delivery to the people,” Njoroge noted.

He further attributed the response time to establish a customer service department that can receive, filter and facilitate a fast order processing schedule for the counties thereby minimising errors.

“KEMSA will stay focused to strengthen service delivery through on-time deliveries of health products and technologies to various counties for sustainable healthcare development,” he said.

By Darlington Mose

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