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Sh54 million drugs distributed to health facilities

Health services in Trans Nzoia County have received a boost following distribution of drugs and non-pharmaceuticals worth Sh 54.7 million to health facilities.

Deputy Governor Stanley Tarus addressing the press after flagging of the KEMSA drugs. He was flanked by Health CEC Mrs Claire Wanyama (right) and County Assembly Minority Leader Mr Emmanuel Waswa. Photo by Maurice Aluda

Deputy County Governor Mr Stanley Tarus, accompanied by County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Health Mrs Claire Wanyama and Trans Nzoia County Assembly Minority Leader Mr Emmanuel Waswa, presided over the flagging off ceremony at the county headquarters today, Monday.

The consignment of drugs and non-pharmaceuticals received from Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) under the Universal Health Care programme will be distributed to all public health facilities in the county.

Addressing members of the Press immediately after flagging off the event, Tarus assured area residents of the county administration’s commitment toward enhancing better living standards through provision of good health services.

In order to ensure prudent use of the drugs and non-pharmaceuticals, the deputy county boss disclosed that Trans Nzoia Public Service Board had recruited nine qualified pharmacists and 19 Information Technologists (IT).

“We have had several cases of mismanagement of drugs supplied by KEMSA to our hospitals in the past, hence the reason the government decided to employ services of pharmacists and Information Telecommunication experts,” Tarus noted.

He warned of dire consequences, including sacking and prosecution, for any health staff or individual that will be found culpable for mismanaging the drugs.

“Besides the current challenge occasioned by the deadly Covid-19, the county government continues to ensure our people are able to access improved medical services and drugs,” remarked Tarus.

Speaking at the event, Mr Zachaeus Lutomia an official at KEMSA, reiterated the authority’s desire to work closely with the local leadership in order to improve health and living standards of the locals.

By Maurice Aluda

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