The Turkana County Executive Committee Member for Health and Sanitation, Jane Ajele has flagged off supplies of drugs to run the county for the next four to six months.
According to Ajele, the consignment received was from an order placed in June to cater for routine health care needs at the cost of Sh.20,686,243 and for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) worth Sh.64, 398, 368.
The CEC said that the supplies were meant to cushion the county during this difficult time when the Coronavirus disease caseloads are on the increase.
Speaking during the flagging ceremony in Lodwar on Tuesday, Ajele issued a stern warning against officers and health care workers with the habit of stealing drugs that stern action will be taken against them as per the law.
Ajele was also optimistic of recording more recoveries from Corona virus after thirty-two people were formally released from isolation centres in the county following their successful recovery.
The supplies consisted of both essential medicines and programme drugs, including antibiotics, anti- parasitic, analgesics (pain medications), asthmatic medication, anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetics and mental health medication.
In addition, the supplies also included medication for patients seeking for services at the renal unit.
The consignment also consisted of vaccines, laboratory reagents, and non-pharmaceutical supplies and public health supplies, family planning commodities and anti-malarial supplies including tablets and injectable and rapid test kits to last the County for the next four months.
Speaking during the ceremony, the County Director of Medical Supplies, Dr. Joseph Epem urged residents to be more vigilant against theft of drugs.
Dr. Epem clarified that the drugs will be delivered directly to the facilities in all the seven sub counties using the last mile approach.
By Peter Gitonga