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Residents urged to prioritize Public hospitals for diagnosis

Residents of Busia County have been urged to get the right diagnosis from Public hospitals instead of buying over the counter drugs to treat symptoms of diseases.

Speaking to the press at Busia County Referral Hospital on Monday, the Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi asked locals not to go to quacks for diagnosis.

“You can end up losing your life because the diagnosis was not appropriately done,” he said.

Mulomi added that public hospitals have appropriately trained and qualified personnel who can do the right diagnosis.

He urged the laboratory technicians not to discourage locals from seeking diagnosis, even if we have shortage of drugs in public health facilities adding that a number of deaths in the county are caused by late diagnosis.

The Deputy Governor who doubles as the acting CEC Member for health further noted that simple medical problems were being detected either too late or the problem was not addressed appropriately.

Mulomi said that the County government has cleared an outstanding bill of Sh26 million it owed to KEMSA.

He expressed confidence that the repayment of debt will allow the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) to supply the county with drugs worth Sh. 54 million to be delivered to various public health facilities.

“We have paid the debt owed to KEMSA and hope that once they are done with annual stock taking, they will supply us with more drugs to address shortages experienced in our County health facilities,” he said.

By Salome Alwanda

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