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KEMSA to roll out programme to manage pharmacy inventory

By Eric Lungai | Published Mon, September 25th 2017 at 00:00, Updated September 24th 2017 at 19:29 GMT +3
 Wilber Ottichilo (left), Kemsa chief executive officer Philip Omondi (centre) and county director of medical services Quido Ahinduka sign an MoU at the county headquarters in Mbale. Kemsa and the county government agreed to work together in supplying of quality drugs and timely to the people of the region. [Eric Lungai, Standard

The Kenya Medical Supplies Agency has initiated plans to roll out new technology to enable counties manage stocks in their pharmacies.

The agency's chief executive officer, Philip Omondi, said the Commodity Dispensing System will help track stock levels and movement and make real time reports to the county government for re-order.

“The system will bridge the gap of data entry done at the facilities since it will be linked to the KEMSA Logistics Management Information System (LMIS),” Mr Omondi said, adding that “this will help reduce the order turnaround time from 5-10 days spent by facilities preparing reports to send to KEMSA to zero.”

Omondi spoke when he held a consultative meeting with Vihiga Governor Wilbur Ottichilo to sign a memorandum of understanding on how KEMSA will supply drugs to health facilities in the county.

Deputy Governor Patrick Saisi, Chief of Staff Noah Asanga, KEMSA Sales Executive Manager Jackline Maina, and County Director of Health Services Quido Ahinduka were present.

Dr Ottichilo noted that Vihiga would be the first county to roll out the programme. He said restoring health care was a priority.