Homabay: Gladys Wanga flags off Ksh60M drugs, puts cartels on notice

Friday, September 9th, 2022 19:35 | By
Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga while flagging off Sh60million worth of drugs at the County refferal hospital. PHOTO/Habil Onyango

Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga and her deputy Oyugi Magwanga on Friday flagged off medicine amounting to Ksh 60million from Kemsa to all health facilities within the county.

The drugs which include pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical will be distributed to all health facilities within Homa Bay to enable efficient health service delivery.

"As we promised during our campaigns that the health sector will be our main priority, we are committed to the pledges and the work has just begun," Wanga said.

"We commit to having enough drugs in all our health facilities within the county and this promise must be accomplished," she added.

Wanga said the drugs will be distributed to all health facilities including the referral, sub-county hospitals and dispensaries.


"We are committed to improving the health services in the county which has been for the past the main challenge to our people," Wanga said.

During her swearing-in in August, Wanga promised to prioritize the health sector and allocate a huge chunk toward efficient service delivery to the people.

"We will ensure that a huge chunk of funds is allocated in the upgrading of our health facilities starting with Homa Bay County Referral Hospital which will be upgraded to level five hospital," Wanga said.

She also promised to upgrade Sub County hospitals and Health Centers which will be fully equipped and adequately staffed.

"We will ensure that together with other Sub County hospitals are improved, fully equipped, operational with a dignified morgue," she said.

There has been a public outcry over poor service delivery to the people of Homa Bay which Wanga promised to come to an end during her tenure.

She issued a tough warning to those stealing public drugs saying their time is over and whoever was found culpable will face the consequences.

Magwanga said their administration just as they prioritize during their campaigns to uplift the lagging health sector in Homa Bay.

"We will ensure that there are enough drugs for efficient service deliveries for our people," said Magwanga.

The County Chief Officer in charge of health Kevin Osuri assured the public that they have put in place adequate measures to ensure there is no loophole in the department for drug loss.

He said they already have an electronic system that will ensure that each and every drug is accounted for to avoid what had been taking place before.

"We have put in place an electronic system which will enable us to track or trace every drug as delivered and to whoever has an accessibility to it," said Osuri.

Last week when Wanga and Magwanga visited the Homa Bay Referral Hospital, the two promised to put in place drastic measures to restore the deplorable health sector in the County.

The County's second Governor said she witnessed the challenges and difficult circumstances that sometimes faced by the health workers and agreed to work together to ensure effective service delivery.

"After going around the hospital, there is a need to improve on the current infrastructure and even to build more and also to ensure that the facility is well staffed," she said.

Wanga promised to ensure that all the facilities within the County have enough pharmaceuticals and are well staffed to improve the status of health services in the County.

She said it is shameful that some patients are being referred to Kisii or Migori to seek further medication yet the facilities are of the same level which she said will be a thing of the past.

"We do not want to see where a patient is taken to Kisii or Migori from Homa Bay for further treatment yet the health facilities are of the same level, we will ensure that service delivery is improved and in case any patient needs to be referred, let it even be to KNH because it is of a higher level," she said.

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