H.E Dr. Paul Otuoma’s administration has taken drastic measures to address the shortage of food, drugs and non pharmaceuticals that had hit the Busia County Referral Hospital and other health facilities.
This comes a few days after he visited the hospital and witnessed the deplorable situation at the facility.
This has been confirmed by the Chief Officer Health and Sanitation Jonathan Ino who said that food has been procured from the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) that will last for a period of 2 months .
“A consignment of 200 bags of rice, 60 bags of beans and 60 bags of green grams has already been delivered at the hospital to make sure that patients are fed in facilities offering inpatient services,” said the Chief Officer.
He further revealed that the government is in the process of procuring drugs and non pharmaceuticals through the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).
He added that: “Within a maximum of two weeks we should be able to have supplies that will take us for three months in major and rural health facilities,”
He said that suppliers have already been engaged to supply necessary requirements in critical areas like Renal Unit and Radiology department .
Similarly, the Chief Officer said that the Oxygen plant which has been dysfunctional since installation, is expected to start working next week following H.E Otuoma’s engagement with technicians.