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County receives Sh7.3 million pharmaceutical drugs

The Busia County Government has received pharmaceutical drugs worth Sh7.3 million from KEMSA, the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Health, Beatrice Nakholi, has revealed.

Speaking to the press at Matayos Sub County Hospital, Nakholi said that the consignment was part of Sh14 million worth of drugs whose order was placed by the county.

“The budget is for the county government, and we placed an order of Sh14 million, but we have only received drugs worth Sh7.3 million while awaiting the rest,’ she said, adding that the commodities should sustain the county for a month before another bigger order is put in place.

She urged citizens to be on high alert on issues of stolen medicine and report them to the authorities with evidence so that they can deal with the issue as quickly as possible.

‘For many years, there have been cases of medicine being stolen in our hospitals, and now the county government wants to deal with the issue and close up the loopholes,” she said.

Busia County Pharmacist Abiud Machuki explained that the consignment contained essential medicine, adding that they were expecting other supplies like paracetamol, amoxillin, and capsules that are yet to arrive.

“This is not a supply that will last the county for a long period since it is an emergency order,” he said, adding that it will only serve the county for one month.

Machuki said that the emergency order will help serve the residents while they await another order since there has been a lack of supplies in the hospitals since the last big order was received in November 2022.

By Victoria Magar and Salome Alwanda

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