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Nyeri County procures drugs worth Sh41 million

Nyeri County Government has procured drugs and medical supplies worth Sh41 million through the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA).

The development comes as a relief to patients as health facilities in the area had been hit by an acute shortage of drugs and medical supplies.

Lack of drugs had triggered an uproar among residents, clergy and politicians who had called for quick intervention to end the suffering of patients.

Patients have been complaining that even syringes were unavailable in hospitals and they had to buy them from private pharmacies to get an injection.

According to Governor Mutahi Kahiga, the first batch of the drugs will be arriving tomorrow and the second one on Wednesday next week.

Speaking in Kieni Constituency during an inspection tour of projects, Governor Kahiga said the drugs will be distributed immediately to all the health facilities throughout the county.

He also assured residents that his administration was committed to ensuring enough drug supply to all facilities as long as funds were available.

Recently, the devolved unit passed a law that will enable county hospitals to retain the money they collect to enhance efficiency.

The new law might be a game changer in addressing the perennial drug shortage as hospitals will be able to use the funds, they collect to regularly replenish their stocks.

By Samuel Waititu

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