The governor said the first batch of the consignment which cost the county government Sh9.7 million was distributed to all major hospitals in the county recently.
Nyaribo warned they have put mechanisms in place including use of technology to apprehend those who will be found stealing drugs from the hospital’s pharmaceuticals so they can be prosecuted and dismissed forthwith.
“I have appointed a task force to look into the issue of the medicine security in our facilities and come up with sustainable and lasting solution in order to tackle the challenge of medicine shortage which undermines our capacity to provide quality health services,” he said.
The governor appealed to members of the public to report any cases of drugs theft or poor services at local health facilities to his office so action could be taken reminding them that they had a right to quality services from health institutions.
He directed the county Director of medical services, Mr Jack Magara to ensure equitable distribution of doctors to health facilities in the region to avoid a scenario where some patients are forced to travel to distant towns to access specialized medication due to lack of doctors in their respective areas.
Nyanza Regional KEMSA sales manager, Sylvia Munyasi who led the team that delivered the drugs hailed the warm partnership between the organization and the devolved unit over the years, promising they will always ensure timely delivery of drugs once requested to do so.
by Deborah Bochere