West Pokot county government comes under criticism over health sector

West Pokot Health CEC Geoffrey Lipale
West Pokot Health CEC Geoffrey Lipale

West Pokot county government has come under a sharp criticism over alleged mismanagement of the health sector evidenced by the lack of drugs in the health facilities.

Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto challenged the CEC in charge of Health to resign as the sector has been deteriorating.

Moroto said that many complains have been reported and that several locals had succumbed to malaria,noting that the county failed to plan early.

He alleged that the county government should hire enough health workers to cope with the huge number of patients being referred to the Kapenguria referral hospital.

However in response to the accusations the CEC in charge of Health Mr. Geofrey Lipale said that the department is operating as usual and that the MP is playing politics and urged him to desist from making unfounded allegations against the sector.

Mr. Lipale said that they have enough drugs as well doctors that have always worked round the clock to ensure smooth running of hospitals.

He however added that the KEMSA policy has caused the slow pace in procuring of drugs and that they have also gone ahead and bought the anti –malaria drugs after being given permission by the agency to avert the shortage of the drugs in the county.

He assured members of the public to treat the MP’s sentiments as mere malice and they should continue visiting all the health facilities in the county for treatment.

He spoke after a meeting with top Kapenguria referral hospital management where they visited the county drug store.