Thika Level Five Hospital Officials Put On Notice

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Thika Level Five Hospital officials have been put on notice by Kiambu governor Kimani Wamatangi following drug theft reports and poor services being offered at the facility.

This follows his Saturday impromptu visit to the hospital after receiving a public outcry over lack of drugs in the facility hence forced to buy from outside stores.

During his visit, the governor encountered more disappointing scenarios in the facility where on requesting to be shown the available drugs at the County medical store, officials were hesitant and after several minutes of waiting, the key to the room could not be found, prompting him to suspect drug theft.

“We dispatched drugs to the facility weeks ago. However, patients are complaining that they are forced to buy drugs from outside with prescriptions. Once I enquired to check where we store drugs, the keys mysteriously disappeared meaning there are no drugs at the facility. This is what I aim to stop,” he said.

This comes barely a fortnight ago when the governor announced that he has put measures in place to ensure there are enough drugs in all health facilities in the county.

The governor also noted with much concern that there was no openness in records on how the drugs came in and out of the facility saying it was hard to understand or audit the same.

He promised to have CCTV cameras installed, to monitor the movements of the drugs and seal all loopholes to their disappearance.

He further said another consignment of 20 lorry trucks would be delivered in two weeks’ time to ease the shortage, issuing notice to medics that no patient should ever be sent to purchase drugs in private chemists.

“Those who have been stealing drugs from our hospitals, their days are numbered. We shall conduct an audit, install CCTV cameras and digitise operations in the drugs department and if found, you will not only be dismissed but also arrested and prosecuted,” Wamatangi said.

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