The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) is set to reassess the pricing of Health Products and Technologies (HPTs) in order to make them more affordable.
In a series of engagements in Kilifi, Taita Taveta, the Chair of the Board Ms Mary Mwadime observed that while the current pricing is fair, it could be better priced to meet the needs of more Kenyans.
“We will work in partnership with our partners, especially county governments to guarantee Kenyans the best pricing for our products, so that health facilities are able to offer the required health care comprehensively,” said Ms. Mwadime.
During the visit, Taita Taveta Deputy Governor Ms. Delia Mlagui raised concerns on stock availability and its impact on healthcare delivery. Ms. Mwadime in turn repeated her calls for KEMSA debtors to settle pending bills as soon as possible in order to cover the Ksh. 6 billion the authority is owed.
“Once counties settle their bills, we will be able to sustain normal operations even as we focus on the reforms we are making to make KEMSA a center of excellence. We are targeting to hit 90% order fill rate to facilitate availability of HPTs in health facilities,” explained Ms. Mwadime.
In the last one week, the KEMSA Board of Directors has visited Kisumu, Nyamira, Kisii and Uasin Gishu in a bid to understand the challenges counties are facing with KEMSA services.
Ms. Mwadime said they are keen on tailoring the Authority’s services to effectively respond to customers’ needs. She further explained that they are scaling up organizational turn-around efforts to provide a solid foundation for the uptake of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
The Taita Taveta Government challenged the Authority to get its house in order to be able to deliver the expected quality and quantity of HPTs that is required by the residents.