KEMSA Cautions Medics Over Selling Drugs to Private Clinics

Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) has flagged off 19 lorries with 244 million Health commodities for distribution to Public Hospitals in Nairobi.


Flagging off the lorries at Nairobi City County, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja clarified that for the past 3 years, no medication has been provided at the county public hospitals an issue that made patients be sent in order to purchase prescribed drugs from the nearby Chemists.

KEMSA Gives Strong Warning to Medics Selling Drugs to Private Clinics
PHOTO/COURTESY:KEMSA flaging off hospital commodities.

“Among the 22 Healthcare facilities that will receive the commodities include Mbagathi hospital, Mama Lucy, and Pumwani respectively”, Sakaja said.

In a statement, Sakaja added he will ensure that all the Public Healthcare facilities in Nairobi county are well facilitated, regardless of the hospital’s level, a move he stated will make private clinics desirous of the services being offered by Public Hospitals.

The governor disclosed that a total of 70 percent of the commodities released by KEMSA are essential facilities, clarifying that in the previous years, the non-essentials were found in large quantities in the hospitals but were not frequently used for important purposes.

“On the 20th day after being sworn in as the County Governor of Nairobi, a Health reform taskforce led by Dr. Githinji Gitahi was formed. The team has set up 233 computers and has distributed them to Medical facilities,” Governor Sakaja said.

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In addition, the governor said every month he ensures that the 7,460 Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) receive their salaries on time also the County is jointly planning with the National government for the increment of CHVs’ salaries from Ksh 3,500 to Ksh 5,500.

Sakaja on the other hand noted the hospital which had been built in the Korogocho area will be well facilitated and advanced to Level 5 and will be managed by the Nairobi County Government

Further, he also announced that the first Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the County has already been set up at Mama Lucy Hospital and will be launched in March 2023 adding that plans are underway to ensure that all level 5 Hospitals have ICUs.

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Speaking at the event, KEMSA Chief Executive Officer Terry Ramadhani said that currently deliveries are done within a short period of time compared to the previous years, promising that KEMSA will release more commodities on Thursday this week.

“KEMSA will ensure that all health facilities receive adequate drugs to enable them to provide effective services to patients,” she stated.

KEMSA Gives Strong Warning to Medics Selling Drugs to Private Clinics
PHOTO/COURTESY: KEMSA officials holding drugs ready to be distributed.

The Chairperson of the Nairobi County Health Committee Maurice Ochieng also said that the committee will not allow individuals to take and sell public commodities especially drugs in their private clinics.

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