KEMSA records spike in medical supply orders as counties rush to beat cut-off date

Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) says it has recorded the highest orders of Health Products and Technologies (HPTs), hitting the KES 0.71 billion mark.

This is as counties rushed to beat the beat cut-off date ahead of the authority’s annual stock take break effective this Monday, July 3.

In a statement on Monday, Kemsa said orders started trickling in June.

“Beginning June, KEMSA received and processed Health Products and Technologies (HPT’s) orders from various counties including; Siaya – KES 44.5 million, Machakos – KES 45 million, Bomet -KES 65 million, Meru – KES 68 million, Embu – KES 15 million and Mandera – KES 11 million”.

“By the end of last week, KEMSA received and processed orders from Trans Nzoia – KES 35 million, Nyamira – KES 30 million, Bungoma – KES 13 million, Kilifi – KES 300 million, Kwale – KES 70 million, Nandi -KES 32 million and Garissa – KES 4.3 million,” the Authority said.

In a move meant to shield counties from experiencing an interrupted flow of medical commodities to their health facilities, KEMSA, acting Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Mulwa urged the operations directorate to fast track processing of all orders before closing for stock take.

“We want patients to have a continuous supply of HPTs in the county health facilities during this important annual routine exercise. Therefore, I’m calling on the commercial division to ensure that they advise all counties to submit their orders ahead of time to avoid the last-minute rush,” the CEO urged.

He said emergency supplies will be handled on a need-by-need basis and will not be stopped.

The Authority plans to speed up the stock-take exercise, with normal business operations expected to resume on Monday, July 10.

“Stock-taking is fundamental in business management, more so for an organisation like KEMSA that holds physical inventory valued at more than Kshs 100 billion annually. At KEMSA, we are taking this exercise seriously as it will help us physically identify and quantify existing stock levels, verify the stock condition and generally ensure that we do not have an unexplained variance between our system records and the inventory in our warehouses,” Mulwa said.

He added, “This exercise will enable us to review and update our internal controls as we will identify gaps that need to be fixed, including procurement levels, physical security and related inventory management aspects.”

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