Uasin Gishu County government in collaboration with USAID/AMPATH is set to reopen Revolving Fund Pharmacies attached to eight county health facilities.
The Revolving Fund Pharmacies that used to benefit residents through the subsidised purchase of drugs, especially for chronic illnesses were shut down by the previous administration over allegations they were operating un-procedurally.
However, the new administration under the incoming Governor Jonathan Bii, pledged that the RFP will be reopened to support needy residents to be able to access drugs at affordable prices.
The governor made the pledge when he presided over the official opening of the Burnt Forest Revolving Fund Pharmacy.
“The same pharmacy will be replicated in eight county health facilities with plans to open more,” said the governor.
Bii said the pharmacies will help ensure locals get services closer to them pointing out that through the revolving fund pharmacies, locals with chronic diseases will now be able to access drugs at a subsidised price.
He thanked the AMPATH team for making it possible to open the pharmacies within a short period.
It is only last week that we held a meeting with the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) where we discussed a raft of issues revolving around bolstering and improving healthcare, particularly revolving around setting up of infrastructure, partnering in management of chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS and research,” said Bii.
Other facilities that will also have an operational revolving fund pharmacy include the Uasin Gishu County Hospital, Ziwa Hospital, Turbo Sub County Hospital, Pioneer Health facility, Huruma Sub County Hospital, and Soy Health facility.
The Governor who was accompanied by Prof Sylvester Kimaiyo from AMPATH called on all partners involved in the project to ensure the community benefits from services rendered through the model.
By Kiptanui Cherono