BOOST FOR BUSIA COUNTY TOWARDS FIGHT AGAINST MALARIA
The County Government of Busia has received a boost towards the fight against malaria following the donation of antimalarial drugs worth Ksh.0.5 million from Bliss GVS Pharma.
The consignment was handed over to the Chief Officer in the Department of Health and Sanitation, Jonathan Ino on behalf of the County Executive Committee Member Phaustine Barasa by the Bliss GVS Pharma Country Head Hitesh Thakar at the Busia County Referral Hospital (BCRH).
Ino appreciated the support extended to the County Government under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to benefit residents.
“The donation will touch a number of lives in the County and especially the vulnerable,” he said.
He noted that the Department of Health and Sanitation requires a minimum of Ksh400 million in a year to take care of the commodities both pharmaceuticals and non-pharmaceuticals in a bid to ensure that locals get quality standards of health.
“If the County Government of Busia gets around Ksh.9 billion budgetary allocation of which the Health and Sanitation Department requires Ksh6 billion then it means that other 10 key departments including Agriculture will not be operational,” he added.
He further advised partners supporting the fight against malaria to handle the disease the way Coronavirus (Covid-19) was dealt with for purposes of controlling the disease.
The Director Medical Services, Dr Janerose Ambuchi said: “We are very grateful to be a beneficiary of this noble act that will bridge the gap that sometimes appears because of challenges in procurement and delivery of drugs. Malaria is the greatest problem in the County with a prevalence of 38 per cent,”
Mr Thakar said the donation is part of an initiative act for Africa to raise efforts to make the continent free from malaria, stressing that the donation should assist the needy patients to make them achieve quality healthcare.
Others present included the County Malaria Coordinator, Dr Onyango Oluoch, BCRH Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Emma Namulala and the Administrator Benjamin Owuor among others.