Busiacounty Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has urged County residents to help him in unearthing drug theft rackets in health institution lest they will suffer if the drugs run out of stock.
Speaking after opening Muyafwa Dispensary in Matayos South Ward on Thursday, the Governor said Facility Management Committees and Health Volunteers also hold the key in ensuring that no drugs are stolen in health institutions within their jurisdictions.
“ I want to see regular audits of drugs vis-à-vis the patients by the committees and volunteers ; My government will not allow unscrupulous people to steal government property and rendering untold suffering to patients,” he said.
Governor Ojaamong said he will talk to the Members of the County Assembly to allocate money from the Ward Fund kitty to supplement operations of 80 dispensaries across the County,
The Governor said Busia County Referral Hospital has been elevated to Referral Status “we are making deliberate efforts to elevate Matayos Health Centre to sub county referral with all facilities including X-Rays, Theatre, maternity, radiology and many other equipment.
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi said health sector gets the lion’s share of the county budget but the needs are still many especially in procurement of drugs.
He said Sh13m of the Kenya Devolution Support Program will be used to complete the theatre at Matayos Health Centre with a further Sh5m used to equip the theatre.
The DG said dispensary and health centres will in the next budget benefit from 25 per cent of the Facility Improvement Fund while 75% will go to sub county and Busia Referral Hospitals.
Those present included CECMs Okwara Ekirapa ( Public Works), Dr Moses Osia (Agriculture)MCAs Linus Asiba (Matayos South), Vincent Ojiambo (Bukhayo West), Director Medical Services ( Dr Janerose Ambuchi ) and Director Public Health (Dr Melsa Lutomia).