KEMSA donates medicine to faith based institutions
Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) has donated medicine worth 265 million to faith based institutions as part of efforts to meet universal healthcare in the country.
Speaking during the flagging off of the donation at Afya House in Nairobi, Ministry of Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Cleopa Mailu said drugs and medical commodities are donated to the faith based institutions that complement service delivery to parts of the country in the health sector.
Mailu said the recent doctor’s strike witnessed in the country made the institutions suffer expenditure and through the donation the organizations will provide better healthcare to Kenyans.
The CS said faith based institutions account for 50 percent of healthcare delivery in the country.
“Through campaigns for diseases such as Polio and Measles the institutions participate and work where public institutions are not available,” said Mailu.
Mailu added the catholic health sector will receive drugs and medical donation worth Sh 106 million, protestant institutions 132.5 million and Muslims through Supkem will get 26.5 million.
The first batch of the donation will be going to Coast, upper Eastern, Rift valley and Central counties.
He further said the discontinued funds by USAID will not affect the health care sector since support for service delivery is still available through drug commodities such as family planning and Antiretroviral drugs.
“Since January the Ministry has been working on its systems to ensure no misappropriation of funds,” Mailu said, adding the procurement process and financial management system for government and donor fund is tamper proof.
By Wanjala Trevor and Habel Shiloli