The County Government of Busia has received medical supplies worth Ksh. 24 million from the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) to ensure uninterrupted delivery of healthcare services to residents.

The delivered items consist of Pharmaceuticals, Non Pharmaceuticals, films for Xray and dental supplies that will be distributed to health facilities including Sub County Hospitals, Health Centres and Dispensaries.

The County Pharmacist, Dr Abiud Machuki however disclosed that the consignment supplied was missing some essential items among them examination gloves and analgesics like paracetamol among other vital that had been ordered.

“We are hoping that through the backorder, KEMSA will be able to fill the gaps of the missing items,” he said, adding that the County will also make effort to avail items missing in KEMSA for continuity of services.

“Busia County Referral Hospital (BCRH) has received supplies worth Ksh.6.6 million” he said.

Machuki said that despite outcries from locals over shortage of drugs in public hospitals, stockouts at KEMSA and the limited budget allocated for the purchase remains a key challenge.

“Stock outs at KEMSA is an issue considering that we do not get all the drugs especially the tracer items that we order based on the needs of the locals across the County,” stressed Dr Machuki.

“We need more budgetary allocation for health commodities to ensure uninterrupted supply” he said, while witnessing the deliveries at BCRH.

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