Residents of Narok County can breathe a sigh of relief after the county government flagged off drugs worth Sh. 26 million to be distributed to all the health facilities in the county.
Governor Patrick Ntutu who flagged off the consignment at Narok County Referral Hospital today said the drugs are an addition to those purchased two weeks ago that were distributed to the 93 dispensaries, 25 health centers, four level four hospitals and one teaching and referral hospital in the county.
“What we are doing is to make sure we have enough drugs for the Narok population. The medics have confirmed that the drugs will be enough for the next three months,” said governor Ntutu.
He reiterated that he had instructed hospital management across the county to sign a delivery note confirming the receipt of the drugs and ensure all the residents benefited from them.
“In my administration, no one should buy drugs from the pharmaceuticals or chemists because we have enough drugs in all the hospitals,” he said.
The drugs were purchased from Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) in two phases with the first phase costing Sh. 66 million while the second phase consignment cost Sh. 26 million totaling Sh. 92 million.
He warned the medics with intentions to divert the drugs to their private facilities that they would be arrested and prosecuted in a court of law.
Being a District Commissioner (DO) for a long time, Ntutu said, he has skills on how to catch any person who steals drugs from the hospital for personal gains.
“I have placed spies everywhere who give me a report on what is happening. Anyone who will be found selling drugs will face the law. If he or she is a county employee, then they will lose their jobs,” he said.
On the ravaging drought being experienced in parts of the county, Ntutu said they are working with the county commissioner’s office to mitigate the effects of drought by giving water through water bowsers to the needy communities.
“The situation is not too dire in Narok County because some parts of the county have plenty of food. We pray to God that it rains soon so that our people can have food,” he said.
The governor was accompanied by his deputy Tamalinye Koech, County Executive Member in Charge of Health Morgan Siloma, and County Health Director Dr. Francis Kiio.
By Ann Salaton