Kenya: Patients Pay More for Drugs As Shortage Bites in Public Hospitals

Sumary of Kenya: Patients Pay More for Drugs As Shortage Bites in Public Hospitals:

  • Public hospitals in Kisumu are grappling with an acute shortage of drugs.
  • For the past five months, sub-county hospitals, dispensaries and health centres have not received essential medication, forcing patients to pay more to access medicine from private chemists.
  • Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (Kuco) Secretary Craus Okumu said hospitals have not received drugs since April, noting that almost all the essential medication are not available, including paracetamol and amoxicillin.
  • In a letter addressed to the county secretary and the chief officer of health on August 6, the health workers’ union officials lamented the lack of drugs and non-pharmaceuticals.
  • Kisumu Health Chief Officer Gregory Ganda said the county had allocated Sh80 million for supply of drugs from Kemsa.
  • We have placed an order of drugs with Kemsa, we just have to wait,” said Dr Ganda.

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