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Nyamira County CEC Alice Manoti with other CEC Members standing still when the national anthem was being played during the flagging off of drugs to various health facilities. Photo/Arnold Ageta


By Arnold Ageta

The county government of Nyamira launched the distribution of drugs to hospitals and health centers today to address drug shortages.

During the flagging off ceremony at the Nyamira county headquarters this morning, Governor Amos Nyaribo, in a speech read by CEC Alice Manoti, emphasized that their responsibility does not end with drug procurement.

“Our responsibility extends to ensuring that the drugs reach the intended beneficiaries promptly and efficiently,” the governor’s speech reiterated.

He firmly urged healthcare workers to ensure the delivery of drugs to their respective facilities, emphasizing the need for vigilance in monitoring the entire supply chain to guarantee fair distribution to every facility, regardless of its location.

The governor insisted on the active participation of relevant stakeholders, including health officials and community leaders, in the transparent and accountable distribution of these medicines.

The drugs, supplied by the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA), were received at the county headquarters before being dispatched to health facilities this morning.

The governor applauded KEMSA for their cooperation and commitment to transparency in the procurement process and drug delivery.

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“The county government is committed to ensuring that area residents receive adequate health services, as pledged in my manifesto to improve the quality of healthcare provision,” noted Nyaribo.

During the flagging off of the drugs, the public demanded that the lorries and boxes be opened to confirm the presence of drugs.

The lorries were opened, and one box was randomly selected, opened, and verified to contain drugs.

This action aimed to dispel suspicions that drugs were previously flagged off with empty boxes, a claim disputed by the governor.

The four lorries carrying the drugs were dispatched to sub-counties, where they will be further distributed to health centers in their respective sub-counties.

Addressing the public during the ceremony, County Assembly Committee on Health Chairman Elijah Abere acknowledged that the current supply of drugs may not be sufficient, but reassured that more drugs will be procured to serve the residents of Nyamira.

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