Story/Reuben Olita

Efforts by the Busia Department of Health and Sanitation to provide quality services in laboratories received a major boost following the supply of Biochemistry Analyzer machines by Prime Health Pharma Limited.

This follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Prime Health Pharma Limited and the County Government of Busia to provide medical equipment to public health facilities on placement basis.

Chief Officer for Medical Services, Dr Isaac Omeri said the two equipment will be stationed at the Busia County Referral Hospital (BCRH) and Khunyangu level four hospital laboratories.

“We are one of the lucky counties to have received the Biochemistry Analyzer equipment distributed by Prime Health Pharma Limited. The intention is to ensure laboratories in public hospitals are equipped to provide quality services for the benefit of residents,” he said.

Dr Omeri appreciated efforts of the company, stressing that the machines will greatly help in testing biochemical activities in the body, renal functions and enzymes which indicate disease conditions present in patients among other functions.

“It is an economical way of offering quality laboratory services compared to buying the equipment,” he added.

Dr Omeri further reiterated that the County Government is committed towards ensuring that health services are devolved across the seven Sub counties.

He made the remarks at the Busia East African Laboratory, where 27 Healthcare workers including laboratory technologists and biomedical engineers are being trained by the Prime Health Pharma Limited’s Application Specialist Ronald Kamau Kiarie on the new biochemistry machine.

He also revealed that the County Government is working closely with the Embassy of Hungary to have equipment supplied to Amukura Health Centre.

The Chief Officer was accompanied by the County Laboratory Commodity Officer, Samuel Emeje and the Deputy manager Linnet Munyasia who also doubles up as the quality officer.

In line with the MoU, placement means that the supplier will be engaged in supply and maintenance of the machines while the County Government will only procure reagents from the company supplying the equipment.

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