Kericho County Health sector receives drugs worth Sh58m
Kericho County government through Kenya Medical supplies Agency (KEMSA) Tuesday received an assortment of drugs worth Sh. 58 million to be distributed to all its health facilities.
Officiating at the flagging off ceremony held at Kericho Moi Garden in Kericho town, Governor Prof. Paul Chepkwony said the event was a clear demonstration of his government’s commitment towards improving the devolved health care system in the county.
He revealed that his government would continue investing in quality drugs through KEMSA following their signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see the delivery of the essential commodities on a quarterly basis.
Prof. Chepkwony said his government would soon embark on a motivational package for all its medical personnel geared towards improving their medical skills.
“I have instructed the CEC Health to handle your promotions and salary arrears as fast as possible. There is also a training package for those who want to go for refresher courses.” said Prof. Chepkwony.
He said his government was working towards improving the quality of medical services with a view that the county becomes the hub for specialized medical treatment and quality health services in all its health facilities.
“In the next three weeks, the first baby will be delivered through caesarian at Sigowet sub-county hospital. During this time, also in partnership with World Medical Relief, we will set up a new born unit based on the kangaroo concept at Kericho County referral hospital, Sigowet sub-county hospital, Fort Tenan and Londiani sub-county hospitals.
In the next one week, I will sign an agreement with World Medical Relief in USA for them to establish a heart pacemaker transplant in Kericho. This will be a regional centre for pacemaker implants,” said Prof. Chepkwony.
He warned the medical personnel with legal action if found culpable of pilfering the essential drugs in the county health facilities.
Kericho County has 151 health facilities which include seven sub-county hospitals and 138 referral facilities.
Present at the function was the KEMSA Director commercial services Mr. Eliud Mureithi, County director of Health services Dr. Betty Langat and Chief executive officer Health docket Dr. Shadrack Mutai.
By Sarah Njagi