Lack of drugs and poor services in medical facilities in Uasin Gishu county has forced residents to seek medical attention in the neighboring counties. The situation is said to have soared to a desperate state due to friction between the top officials of the Department of health and the government drug supplier, Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA).
This has prompted the residents and their representatives to raise a red flag. On Thursday September 1, the Leader of Majority in the County Assembly of Uasin Gishu, Josphat Lowoi, moved a motion to create an ad hoc committee of the house to investigate why drugs are unavailable at the health centers.
The committee comprising of seven members will work alongside the assembly Committee of Health and has fourteen days to submit its report. Lowoi raise concerns over growing complaints over lack of drugs every time residents visit the health centers despite allocation of funds in the budget to purchase drugs.
While seconding motion, Josphine Tarus, MCA Cheptiret/Kipchamo ward regreted that the county was allocating a lot of resources in the health sector infrastructure but the services are not up to the standards. She related a case where she took a patient to one of the health centers and was told there are no drugs.
Chairman of Assembly Committee on Health Patrick Bundotich MCA Tarakwa Ward, termed the many administrative wrangles within the department of health as one of the major hindrance to smooth running of health services in the county.
MCA from Mois Bridge Ward Daniel Sanga urged the committee to be formed to investigate the situation to unearth all the rot in the health department without any fear of personalities involved.