Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) collaborated with Turkana County, has flagged an assortment of medical equipment to 211 health facilities. The supplies are valued at Ksh 36 million and will be distributed among the seven sub-counties, the County Referral Hospital and Faith-Based Organizations to support the county’s effort to healthcare service provision.

The dispatch comes after the county government cleared its Ksh 99 million standing bill in May this year, allowing KEMSA to acquire the required medical resources.

“I am pleased with the County Government of Turkana for putting healthcare on top of its agenda and identifying KEMSA as the first point of call-in terms of ordering medical commodities,” acknowledged KEMSA’s acting CEO Mr Edward Njoroge.

According to Mr Njoroge, the move is undertaken by the authority to ensure there is an adequate supply of medical commodities to supply the county government. “Healthcare is very essential and that is why KEMSA always put the patient’s healthcare first,” he supported. The mitigation measures come in after Turkana County recorded a new average high since March this year in the wake of the raging COVID-19 Delta variant.

Last week the suppliers’ authority established a COVID-19 management Response Team to facilitate the distribution of Physical Protective Equipment (PPEs) to all counties once orders are placed. “As directed by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe earlier last week, I confirm that the Authority is well placed to respond to the immediate health facilities needs for COVID-19 management,” Mr Njoroge clarified.

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