Wangamati warns against theft of drugs, Commits to help Farmers

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Governor Wangamati during a past function on Saturday.PHOTO/Juma Mustafa

Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati has issued a stern warning against theft of drugs from the public health facilities in the county.

Speaking on Saturday in Ndivisi, Lugusi area while condoling the family of Moses Sibelenge Khaweli, Wangamati said that any employee found taking drugs from public hospitals and selling them to private hospitals and chemists will be fired.

He called upon the residents to be vigilant and watchful that no health worker does business with drugs meant to be of help to the public.

Early last week, the Governor flagged off a consignment of drugs worth Sh47 million to 133 Level II and Level III health facilities across county.

Another Sh20 million haul of drugs is expected this week for distribution to the 10 Sub-County Hospitals.

Wangamati said the perennial shortage of drugs from public health facilities is a thing of the past following the signing of an MoU with KEMSA to be supplying drugs at short notice.

On agriculture, the Governor cited that his Government had availed tractors to help at least 60 vulnerable households per ward prepare their farms ahead of the planting season.

“We have also earmarked to distribute 750 bags of fertilizer to vulnerable households in each ward whereby public vetting process on who to benefit from free fertilizer is already underway in some wards,” he said.

He added that the list of the shortlisted farmers will be published and pinned at the sub-chief’s offices for the sake of transparency.

In related development, the Governor said the County will consider doing stores and a coffee mill so that resident farmers can have their coffee berries processed and packaged within the County before shipment to other areas.

Wangamati also moved to reaffirm his commitment to leave Bungoma County way better than he found it.

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