Medics and officials managing different public hospitals in Nakuru have accused Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) for supplying hospitals with drugs with a short lifespan.
They complained that drugs for treating various ailments including vaccines are expiring before they could be prescribed to patients and goes into wastage.
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Speaking during public participation forum held in Nakuru, the stakeholders said the wastage makes the county incur huge losses.
Kemsa representative Maina Nding’ori attributed the expiry of drugs to numerous strikes witnessed in the county.
Nding’ori argued that Kemsa consults with county pharmacists before distributing drugs to respective hospitals.
“Expiry of drugs in the county is witnessed more during strikes because there are no patients visiting the hospitals,” said Nding’ori.
Prof James Tuitoek, the chair of the newly formed health task-force asked the county to identify drugs that they need before procuring.
He said that currently, some hospitals have had to share their drugs with neighbouring facilities to avoid wastage.
He cautioned that Kemsa to supply drugs with long window, to avoid wastage.
“Supply of short lifespan drugs causes wastage of millions of shillings that can be prevented if counties find drugs that they need in their various hospitals,” said Tuitoek.
Surprisingly, some facilities are said to be supplied with drugs and medical items that they do not use.
He pointed out that some hospitals were supplied with maternity items, yet they did not even have delivery services offered.
The chairman further asked the county to have private public hospital collaboration for effective service delivery to patients seeking medical attention.
Most private hospitals, he said have modern medical equipment compared to government hospitals.
Among facilities in private hospitals include ambulances for referral purposes during emergencies.
His call comes at a time when the county is experiencing a crisis in its referral services because it lacks adequate ambulances and skilled personnel.