Uasin Gishu reopens revolving fund pharmacies for affordable meds

They provide subsidised drugs for citizens

In Summary

• They were closed by former Governor Jackson who said they were set up unprocedurally.

• They will reopen in eight hospitals and health facilities, more are expected to provide drugs subsidised by USAID, managed by MTRH.

Drugs in a chemist in Eldoret
NOW SUBSIDISED: Drugs in a chemist in Eldoret
Image: FILE

Uasin Gishu county will reopen Revolving Fund Pharmacies attached to eight county health facilities.

It will be a blow to cartels and staff who steal drugs from hospitals and divert them to chemists where patients are told to buy them.

The administration will work with USAID and a collaboration of the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Moi University College of Health Sciences and North American Academic Health Centres led by Indiana University. USAID funds the grant managed by MTRH.

Revolving Fund Pharmacies used to benefit residents through  subsidised purchase of drugs, especially for chronic illnesses. They were shut down by the  previous administration over allegations they were operating outside of procedures.

However, the new administration under Governor Jonathan Bii, pledged RFPs will be reopened to support needy residents buying drugs at affordable prices.

The governor made the pledge when he presided over the official opening of the Burnt Forest Revolving Fund Pharmacy.

“The same pharmacy will be replicated in eight county health facilities with plans to open more,” the governor said.

Other facilities that will have Revolving Fund Pharmacies include the Uasin Gishu County Hospital, Ziwa Hospital, Turbo Subcounty Hospital, Pioneer Health facility, Huruma Subcounty Hospital and Soy Health facility.

Bii said the pharmacies will ensure residents get services closer to them. Through the revolving fund pharmacies, people with chronic diseases will now be able to access drugs at subsidised prices.

He thanked the team for making it possible to reopen the pharmacies in a short period.

"Only last week we met the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (Ampath) and discussed a raft of issues involving bolstering and improving healthcare, Bii said.

"We emphasised setting up infrastructure, partnering in management of chronic diseases such as HIV/Aids and research.

The Governor was accompanied by Prof Sylvester Kimaiyo from Ampath.

(Edited by V. Graham)

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