Baringo County Health Chief Richard Rotich has responded to the claims of lack of surgical blades, gloves and poor services in Eldama Ravine Sub County hospital pointing fingers at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) saying that they are responsible for the shortage of the gloves in the hospital.
Speaking in Eldama Ravine Sub County hospital, after the plight of patients in the hospital was highlighted, the CEC said that at the moment the hospital does not have the surgical gloves noting that they had ordered for the gloves from KEMSA and are now in the process of procuring from a private supplier since there is shortage of the gloves at KEMSA.
“We have gloves in our hospital, the gloves that we do not have are the sterile surgical gloves that are used in surgery and in maternity. You all know that County governments buy gloves, medicine and other hospital equipment from KEMSA but they do not have at the moment we are in the process of ordering from a private supplier.” He noted.
He added that the lack of sterile surgical gloves is not only in Eldama Ravine Sub County hospital but also in the whole country adding that the demand for the gloves has gone up since the surge of Covid-19 in the county what he said has messed up health budget.
“Even in other Counties when you ask, they will tell you that they are going through the same challenge, since Covid-19 was reported in the country, the demand for gloves has gone up thus the shortage of the gloves.” He added.
The CEC dismissed claims that the hospital does not have blankets saying patients are given blankets by the hospital.