The County Government of Uasin Gishu altered its strategy of procuring and handling of drugs as a way to safeguard public funds.
Governor Jackson Mandago EGH, says his Government decided to purchase drugs and store them in a county store for supply to facilities.
Before establishing a store for drugs, the County had been contracting national supplier, Kemsa, to deliver to facilities.
And speaking as he opened Ngara Falls and Lamaiywet Dispensaries in Kapseret Sub-County, Governor Mandago, said the decision has led to sparing of millions of public money.
“When Kemsa was supplying to facilities, we realized huge shortages as a result of under-supplies or theft right from facilities,” said Mandago.
“But since we built our own store, we have realized that we had been losing millions of money. The store has helped us to stock procured drugs after ascertaining value and quantity, then supply to facilities through orders.”
The store, he says, ensures that the drugs are kept until our various facilities make orders for supply.
Before ordering by facilities, he adds, drugs will remain in the stores. A lorry has been purchased for supply to facilities.
Mandago said the idea of storing drugs in a County store was largely the brainchild of Health CEC, Everlyne Rotich.
Ngeria MCA Stephen Letting, said the fruits of development that have been realized so far in Uasin Gishu are as a result of a seamless relationship between the Governor’s executive and the legislature.
The CEC said: “That we buy drugs and store in our storage facility ensures we never lack drugs in our county. Even now, we have enough drugs in all our health facilities.”
CECs Samwel Yego (Agriculture), CPA Julius Ruto (Finance), Dr Emily Kogos (Trade and ICT), Health’s Ms Rotich, Chief Officers Dr Gregory Ondieki (Ag. Health), Simeon Kemei (Water) were among senior county staff who attended the functions.