Kihika instructs Department of Health to expedite digitization of drug and non-pharmaceuticals delivery

Nakuru Governor Susan Kihika has directed the Department of Health to expedite the digitization of drug and non-pharmaceuticals delivery as well as  monitoring system to avoid theft of drugs in public hospitals.

The message was delivered on Tuesday June 18, 2024 during the flagging-off of drugs worth sh26 million from the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) for the 4th Quarter 2023/24 financial year.

Speaking during the event,  Deputy Governor David Kones said the county is committed towards improving health sector.

The drugs will be disbursed to the County Public Hospitals to ensure non-interrupted supply of medicines.

Additionally, drugs orders from Meds (Mission for Essential Drugs) worth sh23.5 million will be delivered within the next 2 weeks.

The Department of Health is also in the process of procuring non pharmaceuticals worth sh47 million.

This will guarantee the sustained availability of essential medical items across Dispensaries, Health Centres, and Hospitals throughout the critical months of July, August, and September.

In response to concerns regarding lack of some medicines in Dispensaries and Heath Centers, Deputy Governor Kones clarified that certain drugs are not distributed to these smaller facilities, and are instead reserved for larger, high-level hospitals.

The event was also attended by County Secretary and Head of Public Service, Dr. Samuel Mwaura, Chief Officers Dr. Mwangi Murima (Medical Services), Joyce Ncece (Public Health), the County Pharmacist, Dr. Kevin Awere, the County Health Management Team and other County Officials.

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