Taita Taveta County Government on Tuesday flagged off a consignment of medical supplies worth Sh70 million from the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority.
Consignment included pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical supplies expected to relieve biting shortage of medical supplies in the county.
For the past three months, hospitals and other health facilities have been grappling with severe shortage of essential drugs, thrusting the county into a health crisis that has significantly affected the poor.
Flagging off eight 10 trucks ferrying the supplies to the county’s central drug storage facility at Wundanyi, Governor Granton Samboja said all health facilities will now have adequate drug supplies in efforts to provide quality healthcare.
“We are firm on our resolve to put the health of our people in the forefront. This consignment and many more to follow will put to bed the issue of shortage of medical supplies,” said Samboja.
Medical supplies are a crucial part of ensuring the government’s Universal Health Coverage initiative is achieved not only in urban counties but also in the far-flung devolved units.
Besides securing the medical procurements, the county is also tapping its supplies from Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies as well as a cohort of other local suppliers.
The county has also rolled out a programme dubbed “Afya Bora Mashinani” to transform the health sector.