Lack of payment plan by counties affecting drug supply.
The Kenya medical supplies authority, has stated that lack of payment plan by counties is affecting drug supply.
According to their statistics, counties are owing them a total of 2.1 billion.
KEMSA chief executive officer, Terry Ramadhani on Tuesday October 25, regretted that delays in payment had negatively impacted service provision by Kemsa, hindering operational efficiency.
Terry said,” At Kemsa, we have adopted a collaborative approach to unlocking the settlement of these outstanding debts.”
“We believe counties can better manage their financial obligations by ringfencing health revenues generated by their health facilities to guarantee payments for service providers such as Kemsa,” Ramadhani added.
However, counties such as Nairobi have started paying their dues.
Terry further said that they are tirelessly working to ensure counties do not lack medical supplies.
She said,”County governments can only be described as Kemsa’s priority or prestige clients, and we are sparing no effort to ensure that we meet their last mile medical supplies needs as best as we can. Going further, as part of the Kemsa reform journey- through a detailed operating and reform plan dubbed the Kemsa 2.0 strategy.”
KEMSA CEO further revealed that they are using automatic system integration, this helps them keep track of distribution and confirmation of medical supplies.
She said,”Systems integration between KEMSA and county governments will facilitate end-to-end visibility of inventories across the health commodities value chain.”
“These technology systems will facilitate better information visibility across the supply chain system and contribute to inventory accuracy at the National and County operating levels,” Ramadhani added.