Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has given a 1 week ultimatum to health CEC to come up with a formula to acquire a new medicine supplier for the county.
According to Sonko KEMSA has been presenting fake debt to the county government leading to frustrations.
This follows a public outcry on lack of drugs in Nairobi County health facilities, as KEMSA stopped restocking the facilities due to a huge debt the county owes them amounting to Sh300 million
“KEMSA has been presenting a 300 million fake debt to the county for which we already cleared after we agreed on a formula to pay our debts with the ministry of health.I want you (Health C.E.C) to come up with a formula within a week on how we can buy drugs from elsewhere. I will not watch Nairobi residents suffer due to lack of drugs yet we have money and we can as well purchase them somewhere else.” Said Sonko
He further said that he has presented three files to the DCI for further investigations into the claims by KEMSA.
Last week, Nairobi Health Chief Executive Committee Mohamed Dagane told the County’s Health Committee that they last received drugs from KEMSA last August.
According to KEMSA, Nairobi is leading in debts owed to them by counties and that’s why they couldn’t supply them with drugs before the debt is settled.
Sonko was speaking during the launch of the first human milk bank in Pumwani where it is estimated that 10-12 babies are at risk of losing their lives daily for failure to access breast milk.
According to the governor the milk bank will help save many babies lives who do not have access to the breast milk.
“This facility will help reduce maternal deaths in the facility especially young babies whose mothers cannot be able to breastfeed them or babies born per-maturely and this will help boost the services offered to new born.” Said