Trans Nzoia: New System to Boost Drug Availability

A section of Trans Nzoia County MCAs alongside the CEC Health Clare Wanyama pose for a photo besides one of the KEMSA trucks that delivered drugs and non-pharmaceuticals worth sh 51. 7 million in the region. Photo/Courtesy

Health facilities in Trans Nzoia County will start procuring drugs and non-pharmaceuticals directly in a bid to meet their specific needs and contain cases of drug shortage.

This will be a departure from the past system where the department of health in the county made a single requisition after which consignments would be dispatched to the facilities from Kitale.

“Subsequent orders will be delivered directly to the health facilities through a system called Last mile delivery supply system,” the county executive committee member in charge of health Clare Wanyama said.

She spoke while flagging off a consignment of drugs and non-pharmaceuticals worth sh 51.7 million delivered by the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).

Mrs. Wanyama said Governor George Natembeya’s administration is committed to make a drug shortage a thing of the past by sealing all loopholes that led to scarcities affecting medication.

“This delivery is part of the efforts by our governor to improve healthcare. The consignment includes 3 large tracks and 1 lorry containing the County Order. 2 more lorries contain Universal Healthcare Scale-up orders,” she said.

Commodities that are not stocked at KEMSA but ARE required at the facilities would be procured at the facility level from MEDS or other pre-qualified suppliers using the other funding sources at their level.

Governor Natembeya recently said his administration is committed to ensuring all debts owed to KEMSA are paid in time in order to ensure there is no disruption in the dispatch of drugs and non-pharmaceuticals in the region.

“We have reached an agreement with KEMSA that will ensure that drugs are delivered on time to ensure our people are not faced with a shortage that forces them to purchase drugs in private pharmacies at a higher cost,” said the Governor.