Society / Health & Science
Wednesday, 05 Oct 2016 17:26 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Members of Kajiado County Assembly want normal business of the assembly suspended to allow debate on an acute shortage of drugs at the county's hospitals. They have written to the Assembly Speaker to effect the move.
Led by the chairman of the house health committee, Lesalaon Seki (MCA for Matapato North) and his deputy Daniel Kanchori (representing Oloosirkon/Sholinke), the MCAs described as “acute” the shortage of all essential drugs in public hospitals in Kajiado.
Speaking in Kitengela Town yesterday, the MCAs expressed dismay that despite them passing a budget of Sh1.5 billion for the health sector, patients were being sent to buy medicine from private chemists. “Whatever is happening in our county public hospitals is hurting to see patients leaving without drugs due to an acute shortage which is caused by mismanagement,” said Kanchori.
The county executive member in charge of health, Gladys Marima, confirmed the drug shortage but said the process to purchase the drugs from Kenya Medical Supplies Agency was underway. She did not explain why the process was delayed to warrant the acute shortage of drugs.
Kanchori further regretted that pregnant women are being referred to traditional birth attendants in the rural areas because the hospitals have no drugs and medical kits. Mashuuru health centre also confirmed the acute drug shortage with medical personnel saying they refer certain complicated cases of pregnant women to a local tradition birth attendant.
Ms Nemesoi Sadera, a traditional birth attendant confirmed that she has had more than 15 years of working relations with the nurses and clinical officers at Mashuuru health centre.
Dr. Lydia Munteyian, the superintendent at the hospital, denied knowledge of the arrangement and promised that she will investigate the same. She further promised to investigate claims, which she said are not true that the only ambulance at the facility is being hired out to patients who have been referred to Sultan Hamud or Kajiado at a cost of Sh10,000.
The MCAs claimed many county projects have stalled because most contractors have not been paid due to alleged “cold war” between chief officers and the county executive committee members.
“Everybody wants to influence the huge millions at the expense of development and the governor is doing nothing to help,” claimed Kanchori, adding “We are calling upon the speaker to suspend all county assembly operations to address these critical matters immediately to salvage the county from further suffering”.