Uasin Governor Jackson Mandago on Sunday evening made an impromptu visit to Ziwa Sub-County Hospital following allegations that there was a shortage of drugs at the facility.
Earlier on Sunday at a fundraiser at St. Paul’s Makongi Secondary School while delivering his speech, Mandago stated that his administration had ensured availability of enough drugs at the Ziwa Sub-County Hospital. However, the statement was denied by a section of the crowd shouting claims anagelsic; panadol was the only drug available at the facility.
Speaking during the visit to Ziwa Sub-County Hospital, Governor Mandago said it was regrettable that a section of residents were peddling false claims that there is a shortage of drugs at the hospital.
Pharmacist at the hospital, Emma Kiprop reported there was no shortage of drugs at the facility and a spot check revealed the affirmative.
“We have no problem of drugs at the facility. We have all the hypertensives that patients are requiring, and antibiotics, painkillers, and even drugs for children. We have no shortage at all,” Kiprop said.
Governor Mandago dismissed the claims as political. “You have witnessed yourselves the store, we have enough drugs. At the dispensing pharmacy, there are enough drugs,” Mandago said.
Mandago revealed plans by his administration to upgrade Ziwa Sub-County Hospital to the highest level. “Ziwa Sub-County Hospital is one of the facilities we want to elevate to level five. Apart from drugs, we have increased the number of medical staff, we have enough Doctors, Nurses, and Pharmacists, and all the other departments are functioning,”
“The reason why health sometimes looks like it’s not working in the county governments is because of so many lies being peddled and rumours. We have visited this facility impromptu and found operations running as expected,” he added.
He urged residents to establish facts and tell the truth to allow for smooth running of operations by the county government.
“Whenever there are no drugs, tell us the truth, we take action and ensure drugs are availed. Whenever there are drugs also tell the truth,”
Ziwa Sub-County Hospital Chairman David Singoei expressed his appreciation for the work done by the county government of Uasin Gishu to upgrade the hospital to good status, increase the number of medical staff and ensure adequate medical supplies.
“We treat so many patients here even from as far as Trans Nzoia County, they come here because of the good service in the facility and the availability of enough drugs,” Singoei said.
“[Whenever] we experience a shortage of drugs, the county government facilitates as soon as possible so that treatment can continue as usual,” he added.