The Lamu County Government, under the stewardship of Governor Fahim Twaha, has procured and begun delivering medical supplies worth KSh 10 million to 42 health facilities across the county. The Medical supplies include pharmaceuticals, non-pharmaceuticals, laboratory, and renal consumables.
The medical supply distribution began on Monday, May 9th, 2022, and has already covered;
-King Fahd Hospital
-Mpeketoni Sub-County Hospital
The distribution is still underway, and will cover the remaining 35 County health institutions, as well as a few Faith-based facilities and non-Profit Community based facilities that collaborate with the county government to provide accessible and affordable health services to the mwananchi i.e Pablo Horstman Health Centre(ANIDAN), Maria Teressa Nuzzo Health Centre, Hongwe Catholic Dispensary.
Speaking at the King Fahd Hospital earlier today, Governor Fahim Twaha explained that over KSH 25 million worth of medical supplies had been ordered by the Lamu County Government, however Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) was only able to deliver fewer than half of the drugs.
Lamu County, like other counties around the country, has repeatedly accused KEMSA for a severe lack of pharmaceuticals and kits, therefore being unable to meet its obligation of supplying public health facilities with health products.
Late last year, the courts faulted the law mandating counties to strictly procure medical supplies from state-owned KEMSA .
This followed by the Endorsedment of the Kemsa (Amendment) Act, 2021 by the Senate earlier this year, will enable counties free hand to purchase medical supplies from other players. A move that will end chronic scarcity of medical supplies not only in Lamu County but across the whole country .
For more information contact:
Lamu County Government Communications Office at email@example.com