By Ben Leshau
Narok Governor Samuel Tunai has warned medical staff against theft and wastage of drugs in public facilities.
Tunai said the illegal act was the cause of lack of drugs in health facilities over the years.
The governor said his administration was liaising with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to investigate and prosecute those behind the drug-theft syndicate.
“We have been losing drugs as a result of thieves who sell to private facilities and that is why we have asked the drug supplier to label all the drugs coming to Narok for easy tracing,” Tunai said.
He was speaking at Narok County Referral Hospital where he flagged off pharmaceutical drugs worth Sh38 million that will be distributed to hospitals and health centres across the county.
The Governor said the supply of the drugs was timely Tunai as it coincided with the national Madaraka Day celebrations that would be hosted at the Narok Stadium on June 1.
“Since the beginning of this month up to early next month there has been an increased number of people and as a government we are not taking anything to chance as far as health is concerned that why we have equipped our facilities with adequate drugs,”said Governor Tunai.
He said that stocking of the health facilities with drugs was crucial as the county is at the epicenter of various towns such as Bomet, Kisii and Nairobi connected through the busy Nairobi-Narok highway.
The county boss also revealed that his administration was in the process of hiring additional health workers including doctors,clinical officers and nurses to man the upcoming health facilities set to be commissioned before the end of the year.
He said: “Many counties had frozen hiring of health workers due to the ballooning wage bill but after serious deliberations,we (Narok) have decided that we shall be recruiting more health workers to work in the new health facilities which are now near completion,”.
Tunai said some of the key health facilities currently under construction include Emurua Dikir and Kilgoris Level Four Hospitals which he said were near completion.
Governor Tunai who was accompanied by Health CECM Vivian Mpeti.