A shortage of medical supplies caused by supply chain challenges linked to the disruptions of Covid-19 across the country has been resolved through receipt of drugs from MEDS. The stock of supplies sourced from MEDS (A faith based organisation) bridges the gap arising from KEMSA low fill rate. The supplies cushion and facilitate service provision by Lodwar County Referral Hospital and 211 health facilities in the 7 Sub Counties across Turkana County.
Among the key concerns by members of the public was the shortage paracetamols, oxytocin and clean examination gloves.
The CEC Health and Sanitation Jane Ajele today received and flagged off distribution of essential drugs and total of 10,000 clean gloves of which 1,440 were supplied last week by KEMSA and 7000 today by MEDS.
The CEC confirmed that the drugs will sustain the county for the next 3 months and the stock of clean gloves will last 5months.
Chief Officer Health Capt (Rtd) Augustine Lokwang warned the department’s staff at LCRH and facilities across the County against asking patients to buy gloves or prescribing drugs not in the approved essential list with a view of inducing patients to source drugs in private chemists than government pharmacies.
The Chief Officer disclosed that the department had put in place public complaints mechanism including a 24/7 toll free number that will receive grievances on service delivery in all government health facilities.
The Chief Officer impressed upon the public to use the toll free number to alert the department of service delivery gaps in any government facility in the county.
He also invited the public and the media to witness the distribution of the supplies to the target facilities in all the sub counties.
The Chief Officer encouraged the public to report and share evidence of any theft of government drugs or drugs finding their way into private Chemists to facilitate action.
Director Medical Supplies Dr. Epem also confirmed that KEMSA is expected to supply an additional 3,000 gloves and medicine.
The Director also confirmed that KEMSA order worth KSh 35Million was being expected at the end of July 2021 after its ongoing stock taking processes.
The event also served as an opportunity to unveiled Dr. Brian Muyakani as the new county pharmacist to serve for a period of 2 years.