The County Government of Trans Nzoia will set up a special kitty to purchase drugs whenever there is an emergency or a shortage.
The County Executive has prepared a bill dubbed “special hospital fund” that will be tabled in the Assembly next week.
MCAs are being lobbied to support the bill.
According to Governor Khaemba, the county health department has had a problem whereby there is a persistent shortage of first moving drugs like malaria and other common ailments.
He said drugs like the ones for cancer and diabetic are slow moving yet they are always procurement together with the first moving drugs.
Khaemba said there is always a time when the County Health facilities run out of the first moving drugs and they are forced to wait for the procurement of those drugs.
He said the kitty will ensure revenue collected from the County Health facilities is used to buy drugs that are needed immediately to avert deaths and suffering.
Currently, the County has to wait for money to be released from the National Government in order to purchase drugs.
At times, the National Government delays to send the money.
The Governor spoke outside his office after flagging off a consignment of drugs worth sh 60 Million.
“I am happy that today we have received a consignment of drugs worth sh.60 Million, it was supposed to be sh.70 million but there was no enough stock with our supplier. The remaining shs 10 million drugs will be delivered later” Khaemba said.
He said the drugs will last for three months.
At the same time, Khaemba revealed that he has formed an inspection committee in the Health Department which will check all the pharmaceuticals and non-pharmaceuticals before they are stored.
This, Khaemba said will help in curbing theft that may arise since there have been complaints in the past over both theft and mismanagement of drugs.
He also disclosed that his government has engaged a consultant in the health sector to give a report soon on how the sector will be restructured to enhance efficiency.
The governor said the construction of the long awaited County Referral hospital will be completed in the next 30 months.
He added that Power backup generators, 2 million water tank and installation of modern facilities in the morgue are complete.
“We have delayed due to financial challenges, but upon completion, our referral hospital will be the third level six hospital in the Country. It will have two full separate hospitals, one for women and another one for children, therefore let us be patient” Khaemba said.