Nandi Governor Stephen Sang inspects medical supplies at Kapsabet County Referral Hospital on January 10, 2020. PHOTO|FILE.
North Rift counties owe the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority Sh360 Million according to data from the authority.
This is despite the government’s directive that all debts owed to suppliers be cleared by the devolved units.
The data shows that by January 16, Turkana topped the region counties with a debt of Sh102.5 million.
Uasin Gishu’s bill stands at Sh69.4 million, Trans Nzoia (Sh64.6 million) and Nandi (Sh57.08 million).
According to the balances statement, Elgeyo Marakwet owes the national supplier Sh36.1 million, West Pokot (Sh18.4 million) and Baringo at Sh11.9 million.
“We have a robust way of debt management and collection within the institution and what we do is we collect as we serve the patients. The Kemsa Act provides that we supply to all the health facilities that are public and we cannot deny any county any drugs in the interest of the public because of issues to deal with debts,” Kemsa CEO Jonah Manjari said.
Kemsa currently has stock worth Sh15 billion at the Embakasi depot that is intended for counties.
Immediate former Health CS Sicily Kariuki last week ruled out the possibility of stopping supplies to counties over the huge debts but instead called on the governors to meet the authority for negotiations on possible payment terms.