Turkana County received a consignment of medical supplies worth 36 million shillings from the Kenya Medical Supply Agency (KEMSA).
In a speech read by KEMSA’s director of sales and marketing, Jackline Mainye, the agency’s acting CEO Edward Njoroge said the supplies would allow around one million residents to benefit from the shipment.
Njoroge said the most recent supply in the county was in May this year, which was worth 99 million shillings at the height of the covid-19 pandemic.
He further pointed out that the Turkana County government had written off its outstanding debt of 99 million shillings for an earlier supply.
âKEMSA is undergoing various reforms aimed at improving the efficiency of the supply of medical products to the counties,â Mainye said.
She appreciated the county government for its commitment to making payments to KEMSA on time.
âThe county has been consistent in placing its orders. We promised to improve ourselves and make sure we hit the 100 percent order fill rate, âshe said. Speaking when reporting the medical supplies to the Ministry of Health headquarters in Lodwar, Jane Ajele, a member of the county health executive committee, said the shipment included essential drugs as well as scheduled drugs including tuberculosis (TB) and antiretroviral drugs.
Responding to public concerns that they were typically sent to buy drugs from private pharmacies, the CEC said there were enough drugs in all facilities and attributed the problem to some clinicians who can prescribe patients with drugs. drugs that were not in stock. listing.
“We have all the essential drugs which are first line drugs unless the clinician prescribes other drugs which are not in our stock, namely second and third line drugs,” she said. declared.
The CEC ensured residents a constant and reliable supply of medicines to all health facilities to ensure that no shortages would occur in the future.
âWe had a five month supply that we received recently and this one is going to last 2-3 months. We will continue to make our requests quarterly to make sure we don’t have a shortage in our facilities, âshe said.
County Health Director Cpt. (Rtd) Augustine Lokwang assured the public that the drugs would be delivered to the planned facilities and launched a severe action against anyone found using them for unintended purposes.
“We advised our staff to ensure that drugs are prescribed and dispensed to patients and if anyone is involved in their misuse, we would be able to take appropriate action against them,” reiterated the Cpt. (Rtd) Lokwang.
He urged the public to call the toll-free emergency number. 0114265180 whenever someone has a complaint or an issue requiring ministry assistance.
County director for medical supplies Dr Joseph Epem said the medical supplies provided would cover the county’s 230 health facilities.
âWe have received laboratory reagents to test various diseases, ARVs, family planning and anti-tuberculosis drugs; we have all the essential drugs for all diseases, âsaid Epem.
Epem said the Drugs and Therapeutics Committee was formed to advise clinicians to stick to the essential drugs list covering all diseases.
By Ekuwam Sylvester and Peter Gitonga