Nyandarua Governor Moses Badilisha Kiarie yesterday, flagged off a consignment of drugs worth Sh17.5 million to be distributed to 78 health facilities in the county.
While affirming his commitment towards streamlining health services across the county, the governor noted that another consignment worth Sh10 million will be delivered in 10 days.
Speaking at Engineer sub county hospital where he unveiled the batch, Dr Badilisha noted that every facility will be assigned drawing rights proportional to their contribution to the aggregated clinical workload.
He regretted that most people seeking health services at various hospitals in the county are forced to buy drugs outside since the county received its last drugs consignment in March, this year.
“I want to thank the health workers because of their sacrifice despite constrained resources. Any other thing can wait but sickness cannot wait, that’s why we have decided to first improve the most sensitive area which is health.
We said this time we shall start at Engineer Hospital and not Ol Kalou like the previous regimes. We want to upgrade the Engineer hospital and JM hospitals to level 5 status,” said Dr Badilisha
The county boss noted that his administration will bank on creating level 4 hospitals across all the sub-counties to reduce distance travelled in search of specialised care.
He also said that he is in the process of equipping all the dental units in all health facilities that have been neglected for the longest time.
Dr Badilisha at the same time called on the County Public Service Board to fast-track employment of health workers to help address the current shortage in most facilities.
He noted that posting of more doctors coupled with provision of drugs will help streamline the health sector and save residents agony of spending a lot on treatment.
His sentiments were echoed by his deputy John Mathara who noted there will be a deliberate effort to gradually increase funding for drugs.
The duo later kicked off a clean-up exercise in all urban centres across the county.
By Antony Mwangi