Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has criticised the passage of the 2018 Health Laws (Amendment) that will force counties to procure medical supplies from Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA).
Speaking in Chepsaita during the funeral of Paul Kibet Teigut, the father of DP William Ruto’s aide Farouk Kibet, Governor Mandago said devolved units were against the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority Act.
“As County Governments we are against the KEMSA Bill that was passed by the National Assembly. Counties should be given the space to fully manage health functions,” said Mandago.
If the bill is assented to by President Kenyatta, the Act will make it mandatory for county governments to obtain drugs and medical equipment from KEMSA.
“Universal health can’t be achieved by concentrating the procurement function in one entity that is so inefficient and ineffective,” added Mandago.
The Bill was passed by the National Assembly on October 28 and is awaiting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s assent.