[Governor Mandago inspecting the batch of medical supplies before flagging it off; Photo courtesy]
Uasin Gishu county Health Sector Stakeholders have come out to voice their concerns over the mysterious disappearance of supply of drugs worth Kshs 40 million that was flagged off for distribution to hospitals in the county by Governor Jackson Mandago last month.
Nurses through their union have complained that only drugs worth less than Kshs3 million reached the hospitals. The Kenya Union of Nurses now want the County Government to explain where the other drugs worth more than Kshs. 30 Million were taken.
While flagging off the drugs and other medical supplies Mandago had said the County Government had made the purchase from the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency(KEMSA) at a cost of Kshs. 40 Million.
The Uasin Gishu branch union of nurses secretary,John Bii said they had expected that the drugs would be delivered to hospitals as promised but were shocked that what was supplied was not equal to the value of Kshs. 40 million that had been announced.
Alot of questions have now been raised as to why a private pharmacy in Eldoret town was given the contract to supply drugs to some hospitals,including Uasin Gishu District Hospital, yet the drugs flagged off were from KEMSA.
This comes amid strike threats by Health workers over delayed pay by Uasin Gishu County Government. However the county government through the County Executive in charge of Health, Dr Eunice Jepkoech Siria, stated that it did not recognize the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) and any strike notices issued by it. Siria said the county governent has no existing agreement with KNUN.
Dr Siria had said the county government would not tolerate individuals who participate in the strike that was slated to kick off on 4th April because KNUN was non-existent to them.