A clear mechanism of drug distribution has been attained by the County government of Uasin Gishu department of Health Services to curb the menace of some facilities being in short supply of drugs.
The strategy applied as narrated by the County's Chief Officer for health Wilson Kemei is of great benefit since all County facilities will be receiving their drugs according to the requisition made by the individual facility's pharmacist.
This is unlike the past financial years whereupon flagging off certain consignment from the distributor (KEMSA), drugs used to be ferried directly to the facilities whether they are of much need or not.
"Some facilities used to be given drugs which will stay without being used. We came up with a move that before any drug is issued out from the main store, the facility pharmacist requests the Sub-county pharmacist to write to the overall County pharmacist for approval" said Kemei.
County pharmacist will be the one issuing the drugs as per the order made at the Sub County. At the drug store, all drugs have been sorted and packaged according to all Sub County facilities across the county.
The availability of the drugs store will help on monitoring the usage of drugs in every facility as well as enabling the County pharmacist to contact the distributor on time.
"There is no point that patients will complain of lack of drugs now that we have a huge store that is capable of storing all kinds of pharmaceuticals and non-pharmaceuticals," said Kemei when he toured the County's main drug store on Wednesday.
The county recently received drug consignment of Sh97 Million which will run the county facilities close to a year. The next consignment will be after July this year.