By Reuben Olita
The Busia County Government has received drugs worth Sh11 million from the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).
The drugs consisting of pharmaceuticals, non-pharmaceuticals, radiology and dental supplies will serve the Busia County Referral Hospital (BCRH).
Addressing the media at the BCRH, Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi said the drugs supplied are part of the Sh58m order made to KEMSA by the devolved unit two and half months ago.
H.E Mulomi added that; “Despite having ordered drugs worth Sh19m for BCRH, we have received supplies valued at Sh11m which is 57 per cent of what we expected to receive from the Authority.”
The DG who was flanked by the Chief Officer Health and Sanitation Dr Isaac Omeri, BCRH Medical Superintendent Dr Namdala Emukule and the County Pharmacist Dr Abiud Machuki urged KEMSA to ensure it supplies drugs as per the County order to satisfy the needs of locals seeking medical services.
He further warned that the County Government will take action against those involved in the theft of drugs, stressing the need for officers in charge of various health facilities including the boards to ensure they serve the intended objective of benefiting patients.
“We have alerted the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and other security agencies that we have received drugs and that they should be vigilant to ensure those involved in theft are arrested and charged,” stressed the official
Dr Omeri said the essential medicines and medical supplies received will address shortages experienced at the facility.
“There has been an outcry over gloves of which have been included in the consignment delivered by KEMSA and we hope that supplies will be a relief to residents,” said Omeri, who is in charge of Medical Services.
KEMSA is expected to supply additional drugs for other health facilities including Sub County Hospitals, Health Centres and Dispensaries soon.