NYAMIRA Governor His Excellency Hon.John Nyagarama on Monday flagged of a consignment of medical drugs and non-pharmaceiticals4 worth Sh40 million.
Delivered by KEMSA, the consignment will benefit 102 public health facilities across the county alongside 13 faith-based institutions in all five sub-counties.
Since the inception of devolved systems, Governor Nyagarama said during the launch, health sector has made tremendous strides in achieving Universal Health Care.
He said: "At times we have witnessed acute shortage of drugs but this problem has been solved for now. It's my wish to see operations normalised."
While hailing the health department which is headed by Health Executive Douglas Bosire,, Governor Nyagarama added: "We struggled to achieve this due to delayed approval of supplementary budget but I am happy that the matter is now behind us."
The governor said the consignment will be able to enable the county handle the current predicament for the next three months.
"At times it's not possible to have KEMSA supplying the medicines without money and the approval of the budget made it possible," he added.
Present during the function were Douglas Bosire [Health], John Omanwa [Roads], Bernard Osumo [PSM], Chief of Staff Joseph Amwoma among others.
KEMSA, the government agency in charge of supplies, was represented by Ms. Brenda Moraa.
Governor Nyagarama hailed the County Assembly for approval of the supplementary budget, adding that MCAs made it possible for the county to fulfill her pledge.
"I am thankful to the people of Nyamira and their representatives. It couldn't have been easy without their patience and MCAs participation."
Last week, Governor Nyagarama signed Universal Health Coverage Intergovernmental Participatory with the Ministry of Health for affordable health care while in Nairobi.
Nyamira County is set to receive Sh76 million worth of drugs and medical supplies by June5 2020, Governor Nyagarama said.
The county boss said he will continue supporting the Big Four agenda as enshrined in the blueprint of President Uhuru Kenyatta's administration.
Unscrupulous county workers have been put on notice, with Governor Nyagarama warning that those involved in smuggling will face the full force of the law.
"Whoever caught smuggling the medicine will face the full force of the law. We will not care about your portfolio in the county government," he added.
The Health Executive Douglas Bosire re-affirmed his departments commitment in helping secure Givernor Nyagarama's legacy ahead of 2022.
"We shall fully support our Governor's development agenda by collectively and individually joining hands to ensue that Nyamira Constituents have value for their tax. Bosire added, "Health services Department staff through our Governor's directives will ensure that we deliver on our mandate, chief among them, attaining Universal Health Coverage for our people.