Medical facilities in Nyandarua have been fully stocked with drugs for normal running, His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has said.
Speaking while flagging off supplies worth over Kshs. 30 million in Ol’Kalou town yesterday, the Governor said the drugs from Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) will be dispatched to the facilities every three months from the next financial year.
Governor Kimemia said the JM Kariuki Memorial Hospital, Engineer County Hospital and health centers within Nyandarua are being upgraded to improve access to healthcare for all residents.
“We have embarked on a mission to ensure availability of health facilities within a five kilometres radius as required by the World Health Organization. In addition to upgrades to the two major hospitals, we shall upgrade five health centers in five sub-counties to hospital level,” he said.
The County head said health workers would be recruited to replace those who have exited the service and efforts made to attract specialists for chronic and rare conditions.
Governor Kimemia further said an ambulance will be availed per ward to ease emergency evacuations across Nyandarua.
“In the hands of our able Deputy Governor, Her Excellency (Mrs.) Cecilia Mbuthia, who is in charge of Health Services, we are working to make this happen,” he said.
Affordable and universal healthcare is one of His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta’s BIG FOUR priorities for the next five years.
In the second County Integrated Development Plan (2018-2022), the County Government has committed to construct a warehouse worth Kshs. 30 million for storage of health-related commodities to enhance sustained supply of health commodities.
The County Government’s current budget towards health is Kshs. 1.4 billion, constituting 21 per cent of Nyandarua’s total budget.
This year alone, health products and technologies will consume approximately Kshs. 130 million within 74 operational health facilities, including the Beyond Zero facility, which is being used to conduct outreaches in various places in the County.
The facility has two well equipped trucks so far.
Governor Kimemia warned that without an aggressive campaign for preventive healthcare, Nyandarua’s budget for medical supplies will continue to grow.
“It is clear that healthcare – be it preventive or curative – cannot be addressed solely by the County Government. It is the responsibility of all State and non-State actors to explore opportunities for public-partnerships to bridge access to health, particularly among our rural poor, who constitute the majority of our people,” he said.
KEMSA acting Chief Executive Officer Mr. Fred Wanyonyi hailed the organization’s partnership with the County Government.
“Support from the County Government of Nyandarua has helped us avail medication to the most vulnerable populations within this region,” he said.