About 101 health facilities across West Pokot County have been stocked with drugs worth Kshs. 14.7 million.
Speaking while flagging off the drugs at the county headquarters, Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo has promised to equip all the hospitals in the county in order to improve healthcare for the residents.
Prof. Lonyangapuo maintained that development of the county depends largely on the health status of residents.
“Health department receives the highest share of our county budget. This is because we need to improve our health indicators, and ultimately ensure that our residents receive better healthcare,” said the governor.
Consequently, the governor said that the county had recently received consignment of medical equipment from the USA, courtesy of the deputy governor. He further said the county is awaiting a third container before unveiling the equipment.
CEC Geoffrey Lipale- Health and sanitation warned members of staff from various healthcare facilities who were selling these drugs to unscrupulous chemists that they not only risked being sacked from their jobs but would also be prosecuted.
“I am issuing a warning to those doctors and other workers in the hospitals who have the habit of selling drugs that we will soon get them and they will not enjoy the experience. We will make sure that they have lost their jobs and that they will also be prosecuted,” he said.
He called on the members of public to be on the lookout and report any chemists found selling such drugs to the authorities.
Mr. Lipale further emphasized that lack of essential drugs that has continued to plague many health facilities across the county will no longer be an issue.
The move comes barely two months after the county released Kshs. 14 million aimed at improving infrastructure in rural health facilities.
MCAs led by the county assembly speaker Catherine Mukenyang applauded the move saying that it will go a long way in strengthening the health sector.