The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) has supplied Nyamira County with drugs and medicine worth Sh. 40million.
The Nyamira Governor, John Nyagarama while receiving the consignment on Monday said the drugs will to some extent reduce the drugs shortage crisis that has faced the county since November 2019.
“Our County health facilities have been running low of availability of essential medicines and non-pharmaceutical products especially over the last couple of months,” noted Nyagarama.
However, Governor blamed the long delay on the supply of drugs on budgeting tussles between the County’s Executive and the county assembly members over the passing of the supplementary budget.
“The situation was as a result of long discussions and consultations between the County Executive and the County Assembly of Nyamira in regard to the supplementary budget which was pending before the assembly,” said Nyagarama.
He promised that his government was going to work closely with the county assembly legislatures to ensure the stalemate doesn’t recur.
Nyagarama however, issued a stern warning to health department employees who would be found stealing the drugs leaving the intended vulnerable beneficiaries suffering that if anyone is caught, he will have to face the full force of law.
The Health department Executive Committee Member (ECM), Douglas Bosire said the supply will continue for the next one month to stock all the facilities in the entire County for the department to offer efficient services.
By Deborah Bochere/Dan Nyamanga