By Champion Senior Writer
Legislators have been asked to relook the law to allow counties to procure drugs and other medical commodities from other suppliers rather than solely from the Kenya Medical Supplies Agencies (Kemsa).
Machakos County Health Executive Dr Ancent Kituku said this will enable efficient delivery of medical supplies as opposed to the present scenario where counties by law are only allowed to procure drugs from Kemsa only to receive less than what they had asked for.
Dr Kituku was responding to complaints from Machakos Senator Agness Kavindu who had raised issue with lack of drugs in hospitals across the county.
He said the senator and other legislators should relook at the law that gave Kemsa the monopoly to supply drugs in counties and change it instead of complaining.
“The legislators should relook the law which gave Kemsa the monopoly to supply drugs to counties.Whenever we place our requisition for drugs with Kemsa we often get half of what we ask for because Kemsa’s current fill rate is around 50 -60 %,” said Dr Kituku said on Thursday after visiting Kangundo Level Four Hospital.
Dr Kituku said there were delays in disbursement of funds to counties adding that the County was in the process of procuring more drugs.
He added that the management of Covid-19 had led to an increase in consumption of drugs and non pharmaceutical commodities including PPEs and Oxygen leading to rapid depletion of stocks and budgets against projections.
Dr Kituku urged politicians to stop politicking on health matters.