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KEMSA to resume medical supplies to Hospitals in Nairobi

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Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has directed Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) to resume supplying medicine to all the Nairobi hospitals after two years of withholding.

This follows a standoff between Kemsa and the county government over debt owed by the latter.

Governor Mike Sonko last month paid the agency Sh58 million of the total Sh235 million debt.

Speaking during the launch of World Breastfeeding Week at Pumwani Hospital yesterday, Kariuki commended the governor for the payment a debt she said was straining KEMSA operations.

On his part Sonko blamed his predecessor Evans Kidero for the current debt further ordering his Finance and Health teams to work with Kemsa to avoid such incidents in future.

On Wednesday, Health executive Hitan Majevdia and health services director Thomas Ogaro were suspended over lack of medicine in hospitals.

Moreover, he said Pumwani Hospital is set to undergo major renovations such as equipping the neo-natal ICU and maternal HDU facilities and setting up a satellite transfusion centre to minimise referrals to Kenyatta National Hospital.



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