Taita Taveta: Medical suppliers blacklist county over unpaid millions

Governor Granton Samboja addressing teachers, parents and students at Chawia secondary school in Mwatate on Thursday, 06th August,2018 [FILE PHOTO/ Renson Mnyamwezi]
Medical suppliers have stopped delivering drugs and equipment to the county over an unpaid Sh116.9 million.

Health executive Daniel Makoko yesterday told the county assembly the county owed the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority Sh52 million, Lancet Kenya Sh48 million and Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies Sh16.9 million.

“The debts have resulted in our county being blacklisted as credit unworthy and therefore we are unable to source drugs on credit,” said Mr Makoko in a statement read by the Committee on Health Service chairman Frank Mmare.

The statement had been sought by nominated Ward Rep Christopher Mwambingu.

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In his statement, Makoko admitted that there was an acute shortage of drugs in public health facilities locally.

“The last time we got supplies was August 2018 and for the third quarter of the year 2017/2018. We are now in the third quarter of the 2018/2019 and no drugs have been purchased,” he said.

On claims of loss of drugs, the CEC told the House he had appointed a pharmacist to effectively handle drugs.

“We have started carrying out impromptu spot checks on private chemists and hospitals to ascertain whether they are selling drugs from public health facilities," he said.

The county has been relying on money from the National Hospital Insurance Fund.

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“We are therefore demanding that the quarterly recurrent expenditure on drugs be respected and that the debts pending be cleared to enable us acquire essential drugs,” stated the CEC.

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