The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has presented a report to the Ministry of Health on examination into systems, policies, procedures and practices in the pricing of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical supplies in Kenya’s health sector. The report is as a result of a systems review aimed at advancing the Ministry of Health, County governments and other players in the health sector on promoting efficiency in the procurement and dispensing of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical supplies.
It has highlighted systemic weaknesses, loopholes and opportunities that may contribute to unreasonable prices and major variances in the fees charged during the acquisition and dispensing stages. Health CS Sicily Kariuki has lauded the timing of the report’s presentation, “The EACC report is timely because it will assist us to strengthen our regulatory functions to achieve Universal Health Coverage pillars, access, quality, and affordability of health services including health commodities,” she said. The Health CS added that improving access to pharmaceuticals and non-pharmaceuticals is a priority for the Health Ministry, and that essential medicines are considered an integral part of universal health coverage and delivery of quality health care.
EACC CEO Halakhe Wako said at the moment, it’s meant to educate, assist and ensure the Ministry fulfils its mandate. He said if more assistance will be required from EACC, then they’ll be willing and ready. EACC Chairperson Eliud Wabukala noted that the report is a result of a lot of work, and he lauded officials from both the anti-corruption commission and Ministry of Health. Moreover, recommendations have been made to strengthen the systems in order to ensure the attainment of affordable health care provision by public health facilities.