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Alarm raised over drug and staff shortage in public hospitals

NAIROBI, KENYA: A new survey of Level 3 hospitals in five counties across the country has revealed alarming shortage of drugs and critical staff in those facilities.
According to the report by the National Taxpayers Association, the shortage of drugs is acute and patients are struggling to painfully bear additional costs of purchasing them in private facilities.
“We note with a lot of concern the lack of medicines in our health facilities,” said the NTA Chairman Peter Kubebea in a speech read on his behalf by Laftif Shaban, a member of the NTA National Governing Council.
“Patients have to fend for prescribed medicines from private units as public pharmacies do not stock enough drugs,” he said.
Presenting findings of the report, NTA Project Officer-Health Irene Otieno said the shortage of drugs had significantly affected the cost of accessing health-care since most Kenyans cannot afford the additional costs.
“This state of affairs raises the urgent need for counties to regularly review stock levels allocated to their health facilities,” Ms Otieno said.