Nominated Member of County Assembly, Hon. Christopher Mwambingu has today sought a Statement from the Chairperson of Health and Sanitation Services Committee, on the status of drugs and service delivery in county health facilities.
The Legislator decried deteriorated service delivery in county health facilities namely; Moi County Referral Hospital (MCRH), Wesu and Mwatate sub-County Hospitals due to shortage of health workers following the termination of employment for nurses who are yet to be reinstated.
Hon. Mwambingu added that the situation has also been escalated by inadequate drugs and non-pharmaceuticals forcing county residents to purchase drugs from retail drug stores despite the harsh economic situation being experienced nationwide.
He asked the Committee of Health and Sanitation Services to furnish the House with the following information:
1) The state of availability of drugs and non-pharmaceuticals in the county
2) The state of operations in Moi County Referral Hospital, Wesu and Mwatate sub-County Hospitals
3) What the Department is doing to ensure operations are restored in all county health facilities?
Speaker of the County Assembly, Hon. Maganga M. Maghanga directed the Committee to bring an elaborate feedback to the House within seven calendar days.
According to the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, Fourth Schedule Part 2(2)(a) and (c), the functions and powers of the county are the County Health Services, including, and in particular county health facilities and pharmacies; and promotion of primary care. Article 43(1)(a) also stipulates that every person has the right to the highest attainable standard of health, which includes right to health care services, including reproductive health care.