The Narok County Executive Committee Member (CECM) in Charge of Health Antony Namunguk has flagged off medical supplies and medicine worth Sh. 50 million, for the quarterly allocation, to benefit all the health facilities in the county.
The consignment purchased from Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) will be distributed to the 93 dispensaries, 25 health centers, four level four hospitals and one level five referral hospitals in the county.
While distributing the drugs at the Narok County Referral Hospital Wednesday, the CECM said another consignment worth Sh. 40 million will be delivered in a week’s time as the current administration had increased the quarterly allocation to Sh. 90 million.
The CECM reiterated that no patient will be sent to purchase drugs from chemists as the drugs will be adequate in all the health facilities around the county.
“If anyone visits a public health facility and is asked to purchase drugs from chemists or pharmacists, he or she should inform the authority. This is because my government has purchased enough drugs for all the health centers,” he said.
The drugs, he said, has gone a long way in relieving the residents against the burden of purchasing drugs as they are supplied in all government health facilities across the county.
He reiterated that the county government has put structures in place to ensure that the drugs are not sold to private chemists or private hospitals.
At the same time, the CECM flagged off two Toyota Hilux vehicles purchased under the Transforming Health System (THS) programme to promote primary health care in the remote areas of the county.
“Our main aim is to promote primary health at the grassroots so that we can reduce the cost of treatment. The two vehicles will be used for these services,” he said.
The CECM was accompanied by Medical Services Chief Officer Jane Kiok, her counterpart in charge of prevention and promoting health services Ms. Lucy Kashu and Director of Health Francis Kiio, among other top health officials.
Kiok said the drugs delivered will be analyzed to prove that whatever is delivered is what had been recommended by the medics.
By Ann Salaton