Samburu residents turn to herbs as county hospital runs out of drugs
SEE ALSO :How brokers make you pay more for drugsThe residents complained that they had made futile trips to the facility for drugs. "I came here three weeks ago and was told to go buy drugs at the chemists in town. I didn't have money, I have been coming here daily since then," said Leleina Kitiriman from Lkuroto. Higher sales Herbalists at Maralal town's open air market said they were making higher sales after promising patients that their herbal medicine was effective. "This herbs cure malaria, pneumonia, ulcers and typhoid. I advise those with stomach issues to use a herb called seketet, which clears amoeba," said Maria Lekunte, a herbalist.
SEE ALSO :Cheap drug imports stifle local productsNurses and doctors at the hospital said they were worried about the situation and were concerned for the patients they referred elsewhere to get medicine. "Imagine prescribing drugs that you know are not available," said a nurse who sought anonymity for fear of being victimised. Further investigations revealed that the facility's water taps have run dry.