HEALTH REFORMS

Kemsa dispatches Sh380m supplies to six drought-hit counties

The counties are Kilifi, Marsabit, Baringo, Samburu, Tana River and Garissa.

In Summary

•The supplies include nutritional supplements and rehydration solutions alongside essential medicines.

MoH integrated affairs director Joseph Lenai and Kemsa acting CEO John Kabuchi flag off trucks loaded with medical supplies on April 12, 2022
MoH integrated affairs director Joseph Lenai and Kemsa acting CEO John Kabuchi flag off trucks loaded with medical supplies on April 12, 2022
Image: /Fredrick Omondi

Kemsa on Tuesday dispatched medical supplies worth Sh380 million to six counties affected by drought.

The supplies include nutritional supplements and rehydration solutions alongside essential medicines.

"They are destined to Kilifi, Marsabit, Baringo, Samburu, Tana River and Garissa,” Kemsa acting CEO John Kabuchi said.

He was speaking at Kemsa national supply chain centre in Embakasi.

Kabuchi said essential medicines were ordered by the respective counties as per the Kenya Essential Medicines List developed by the Ministry of Health.

“The list was developed by MoH and recognised the disease burdens in each of the counties allowing for tailor-made ordering of essential medical supplies from Kemsa,” he said.

Joseph Lenai, the health sector coordination, intergovernmental relations and international health relations director, assured Kenyans that Kemsa has enough drugs.

Late last week, Kemsa confirmed it had turned a new leaf in its procurement, with the activation of an automated purchase order generation system.

“The automation of the procurement process and elimination of manual procedures that require human intervention such as the issuance of LPO is also part of the authority’s ethics and integrity assurance strategy,” Kabuchi said.

Kabuchi said Kemsa has stepped up capacity-building efforts at the county level.

“The efforts include technical corroboration on operational measures such as improving ordering processes including inventory management, adherence to quality management and pharmacovigilance,” he said.

 

KKemsa acting CEO John Kabuchi and MoH integrated affairs director Joseph Lenai confirm some of the medical supplies on April 12, 2022
KKemsa acting CEO John Kabuchi and MoH integrated affairs director Joseph Lenai confirm some of the medical supplies on April 12, 2022
Image: / Fredrick Omondi
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