Dr Timothy Ombati, the nominee for Health Ministry, when he appeared before Nyamira County Assembly committee designated to assess the suitability of CECMs

Nyamira require Sh300million annually for sufficient drugs supply
October, 21, 2022
Nyamira County government requires between Sh200m and Sh300m annually to provide adequate drugs in all of it’s health facilities.
Dr Timothy Ombati who has been the County Referral hospital Superintendent and now nominee for the County Health services docket admits of drug shortages in local hospitals, saying the situation is a major impediment in the provision of efficient health service delivery in the region.
The medic who appeared before the County Assembly committee appointed to vet him to head the department also blamed Kenya Medical Supply Agency (Kemsa) of worsening drug availability situation in public hospitals in the Country.
“Our hospital has the best consultants. But insufficient drugs availability has hampered their fully provision of health services,” he noted.
He was answering questions from the interviewing committee members who wanted to know why the County health facilities had insufficient drugs.
He said the County had fifty six doctors and adequate equipment but they lacked drugs.
Dr Ombati who took more than one hour answering questions fielded by the interviewers said the government had allowed Counties to procure drugs from private pharmaceutical companies after Kemsa was unable to do so. 
However, he observed that private suppliers, unlike Kemsa, demanded payment upfront before supplying drugs kitties. 
On Community health volunteers, Dr Ombati said the village health providers were being given Sh3000 per month as an appreciation token “but going forward their welfare will be improved as funds are made available.”
He said the total health budget for the County was Sh1.8billion which he said was not sufficient.
“Given opportunity to head the health docket I will give priority to drugs availability in our hospitals,” he said.
He also stressed the need to digitalize health services “in order to monitor and evaluate our service delivery.” 
He added: “We also need to link our Referral health facility with at least one of the ultra modern hospitals in the country to assist us in all round service delivery.”
Further, he noted that there was need for the County Referral hospital to have well equipped Accident and Emergency unit.
He said training of staff especially on refresher courses was essential to improve health provisions in the area.
He said referral cases of patients outside the County had been reduced due to the establishment of orthopedic unit.
“We now have three specialists manning the unit. Since March, the doctors in the unit have handled 200 cases.”
He also observed that the hospital needs structural support outlook by completing the Doctor’s plaza to make the hospital more reliable.
By end of Friday evening, the County Assembly speaker Enoch Okero who chaired the interviews panel said all the ten nominees had been interviewed.
Others interviewed on the final day included Dr Grace Nyamongo (Sports and Gender), Ms Alice Manoti (Agriculture),a Mr Benard Maina (Trade), Stephen Oboso (Lands, Housing and Physical planning) and Mr Kenneth Angwenyi (Education).
“ We are now going to prepare a report which we will table in the Assembly on the suitability of the nominees for deliberation,” he said.
{By Governor’s Press services}