Kirinyaga County unveils new health management system

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Kirinyaga County has unveiled a new health management system to help public hospitals address issues of drug shortage.

Governor Anne Waiguru says the system piloted at the Kerugoya County Referral Hospital will ensure medical facilities have adequate supply of medicine around the clock.

County Executive Committee Member (CEC) for Health Gladys Kimingi said the Health Management Information System (HMIS) has helped improve decision-making on drug supplies in all medical facilities in the county.

“Unlike in the past where we could wait for respective health facility managers to send us reports of drug stocks, we are now able to get real-time information on the same, so we will know which drug needs to be replenished and for which facility,” Kimingi said.

HMIS is a data collection system specifically designed to support planning, management, and decision making in health facilities and organizations.

Speaking at the Kerugoya County Referral Hospital, Kimingi said the collected data is used for planning, budgeting and evaluation of services provision.

“Evidence-based decision making is critically important for the appropriate use of scarce resources like drugs particularly when resource are limited,” she added.

Kimingi said pharmacists in all medical facilities have been trained on how to use the system where one has to log in using a personal password so as to dispense any drug.

“This system is only operated by authorized staff, each has password and no medicine can be dispensed at the dispensary, health centre, the hospital body or even our main store without going through the system,” she added.

The system is being rolled out in all service points in the medical facilities so as to complete the patients’ treatment chain.

“We are in the process of rolling out the system in all the service points, we have completed piloting it in our pharmacy and it is working very well,” the CeC said.

However, the health minister clarified that not all drugs would be found in all medical facilities.

“It’s good for the public to know that drugs are stocked as to the level of hospital, there those medicines which will be found in a dispensary and those than can only be found in level four, five or six hospitals and that is why we have referrals,” said Kimingi.

With the system now in place, Governor Waiguru has assured residents of adequate drug supply in the County.

Waiguru said her administration has supplied all the medical facilities with enough drugs saying no one should be told to buy drugs outside the facility.

“We have people who are desperate to win support of voters, by manufacturing lies about everything including sensitive areas like healthcare. We want to tell our people that our hospitals have adequate supply of drugs and no one should tell you otherwise or send you to buy drugs from outside,” the Governor said.

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