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Kemsa to back  State in provision of healthcare

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2018

By Dickens Wasonga

Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) has embarked on a strategy to enhance efficiency in the provision of timely and affordable medical commodities.

As a specialised medical logistics provider for public health facilities, this is to ensure there is improved access to healthcare.

This, according to the new Chief Executive Officer Dr Johana Manjari, is to enable it play a critical role in the government’s vision of providing Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC).

Provision of efficient and cost effective healthcare to Kenyans is part of the government’s Big 4 Agenda launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

To achieve this, Dr Manjari said the authority will closely work with county governments as its valuable partners.

The Kemsa head has been holding meetings with the country’s county government governors to explore new ways of improving service delivery.

Kemsa currently serves more than 400 hospitals, 4500 rural health facilities and over 5000 sites that offer rapid testing across Kenya.

The authority is the main driver in the procurement, warehousing, distribution, supply chain services and sales and marketing of medical commodities.

With a good working relationship with the board, the top management is out to ensure that the right systems are in place to ensure that it achieves its core mandate.

Dr Manjari who succeeded Mr. Fredrick Wanyonyi, who was serving in an acting capacity from December 2017, becomes the first medical doctor to serve as the Kemsa head.

The board of directors has affirmed to support the new head to ensure the organisation works effectively.

KEMSA Board Chairman Mr. Andrew Onyach said Dr. Manjari is an experienced advisor in the health industry and is uniquely suited to lead KEMSA in its next phase of transformation and spur exponential growth.

“We have selected a strong leader at a time when KEMSA is expected to effectively support the Ministry of Health in implementing Universal Health Care coverage by providing quality medical supplies,” noted Mr. Onyach.

On his appointment, Dr Mwangi Dr promised to inculcate a culture of efficiency within the authority by ensuring that the management works as a united team.

“KEMSA is a premier organisation with a big mandate and we must ensure that we do our best to fulfil it,” he said.

Prior to his appointment Dr. Manjari was the Nakuru County Healthy Executive.

Before joining Nakuru County, Dr. Manjari served as Kiambu County Government CEC in charge of health.

During his tenure, in Kiambu County, Dr Manjari transformed the health sector where he streamlined health service delivery and spearheaded the upgrading of Kiambu and Gatundu Level Four hospitals respectively to Level Five status.

Besides, he oversaw the construction of new health facilities and ensured all maternity wings in all health centres across Kiambu County were fully functional.

Dr. Manjari holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery University of Nairobi (UoN). He also has a Masters in ENT Surgery from UoN and over 20 years work experience.

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