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Shortage of Drugs in Hospitals Irks County Assembly

A Kajiado assembly sectoral committee report on medical services paints a grim picture in the provision of drugs in all county health facilities.

Kajiado County Assembly Speaker, Johnson Osoi on December 12, 2017.

In a plenary session conducted at Free Pentecostal fellowship of Kenya in Rombo, overly in Swahili to enable many locals to understand the proceedings Speaker, Johnson Osoi, called on the line County Executive Committee Member for health to respond within thirty days on the matter.

The motion was moved by MCA Paul Metui after an investigation by the health committee.

The leader of the majority party Julius Moipaai said that they had received many complaints about the shortage of drugs in public facilities terming it shameful.

“This is a department whose services touch every home and many lives and in fact, it is shameful to hear that sick people get to the hospital but can’t get drugs and proper services,” said Moipaai.

Nominated MC Jacquline Nemaoi said that hundreds of Loitokitok residents suffer sickness, sadly opt to seek treatment in Tanzania. The special elect member underscored that the nearest health facilities especially in the vast Kajiado South not only lack ambulances for emergencies but also lack drugs and cannot save lives.

“We are losing a lot of revenue to Tanzania due to poor services in our hospitals. I know of a hospital where most people from Loitokitok rush to for treatment,” said Nemaoi.

On the other hand, nominated MCA Winnie Sein said evidence to show that several private dispensaries sell government drugs that are lacking in the public hospitals.

“Those involved in distributing drugs must be held responsible if the drugs are sold in the private hospitals,” said Sein.

Locals lauded Kajiado County Assembly for ensuring the leaders get time to share and listen to their views.

“We are pleased to get involved on the new governance; we have openly talked about our health issues, roads, lack of sanitation facilities in our markets among other challenges,” said a resident, Jacqueline Mashindana.

Joseph Sombiroi, an opinion leader at Loitokitok, said the Bunge Mashinani will change the way people view politics and governance.

“It is true that the openness displayed and the idea behind it will see Kajiado County lead the park in leadership and governance,” said Joseph Sombiroi. 

Meanwhile, Daniel Naikuni’s motion seeking action on mining industry sailed through. Naikuni is calling on the line department to develop a policy that helps in the management of mining sites that have been over the years left as open derelictions.

The Purko Ward representative said that most mining investors do not support the locals despite getting resources and huge profits in spotted parts of the county. He said that the derelictions are not safe and therefore life-threatening.

“Time is long overdue that Kajiado County domesticates a policy and enacts a law that will enhance safety on quarries that are left open, which in many occasions have led to the loss of lives,” said Naikuni.

Kajiado is known to host mining sites for raw materials for cement companies, road contractors among others. 

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