Baringo Governor, Stanley Kiptis has pledged to ensure that the current drug shortages experienced in most health facilities becomes a thing of the past in the area.
Governor Kiptis who spoke to the press after commissioning two maternity wings at Nakoko and Nginyang health facilities in Tiaty Sub County said his government was working to make sure that local residents accessed quality health services which he noted was the driving force in every economy.
He said the county government has constructed a modern storage facility for storing drugs at Eldama Ravine and it was only waiting for Kenya Medical Services Association (KEMSA) to inspect and certify before it is operationalized.
We want to equip the facility with drugs for the whole year because we want to have them distributed in time for use at the time of need, said Kiptis.
Governor Kiptis noted that since the advent of devolution, more than 239 new health centres and dispensaries have been established in the county but due to insecurity challenges, 34 of the facilities mainly in Tiaty and lower parts of Baringo South and North Sub Counties have remained closed.
Kiptis also said that to improve healthcare services, his administration was in the process of purchasing two ambulances for emergency responses in insecurity prone zones.
He urged community health volunteers to continue providing services in far flank areas which are inaccessible to save lives despite their low pay.
At the same time, the county chief challenged pastoralist communities still embracing retrogressive cultural practices to discard the vice which he observed was to blame for high maternal deaths in the lower parts of the region.
Source: Kenya News Agency