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Exposed: Nairobi county hospitals which stock expired drugs

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Nairobi County government Health department has come under fire for letting county hospitals to stock expired drugs and non-pharmaceuticals.

This revelation is contained in a report by comes after Nairobi County Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

According to the report, Mbagathi County Hospital – one of the four major county hospitals – was holding expired drugs and pharmaceutical items amounting to over Sh1.4 million.

This is as even the hospital’s management could not explain reasons for the expiry of the drugs which according to the committee, most were supplied by the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (Kemsa).

“It was not clear whether the items were acquired following user requests and procurement plans. The hospital’s pharmaceutical department and stores also had expired drugs and pharmaceutical items amounting to Sh1, 410, 826,” read the report.

The report is based on the committee’s consideration of the Auditor General’s report on the financial statements of Nairobi City County for the year ended June 30, 2017.

The county hospitals criticized for not having a structured and predictable way of procuring drugs but relying on the department to supply the drugs.

RISK TO PATIENTS

“Procurement of drugs that are likely to expire in a short while leads to loss of public resources and in some instances, if used, exposes risks to patients in public hospitals.”

Among the expired drugs include paracetamol, antacids, dental catridges, hydrogen peroxide, ranitidine injection, suxamethonium, ceftazidine, furosemide injection, lignocaine, promethazine and heavy bupivacaine.

Others are levothyroxine, bisacodyl, bupicaine heavy, rocephine, dextrose, x-pen, gabapentin, amlodipine, darrows, phenytoin injection and amitryptilline.

The facility was also faulted for being oversupplied with almost expiring drugs with the committee noting that the hospital had too much non-pharmaceutical items worth over Sh3 million with most nearing expiry period.

In their response, however, the county executive blamed having the expired drugs and non-pharmaceuticals on the prolonged doctors’ strike that occurred from December, 2016 to March 2017 as well as nurses’ strike that followed from June, 2017 all through to November same year.

EXPIRED DRUGS

“The consumption of medication and pharmaceutical items was very low because most of drugs and pharmaceutical items that expired are normally utilized in the in-patient and at that time we did not have patients admitted in the wards,” said the executive in their submissions.

The Mabatini Ward MCA Wilfred Odalo-led committee also raised issues with Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital where it emerged that the facility’s management could not account for drugs worth Sh148, 890 as stock control cards had no matching entry with physical stock count.

“In the circumstances, it has not been possible to confirm that the drugs were received at the intended pharmacies and applied for the intended purposes,” stated the report.

In view of the above matters, the committee called on the county to develop a policy guiding the procurement and supply of drugs to county hospitals to eliminate ambiguities that lead to supply of unnecessary and expired drugs.

The hospitals should also first determine the expiry date of drugs before accepting any supply from any supplier.

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Crucial lessons Kenyans can learn from Alex Mwakideu’s cheating scandal

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As you may or may not know, a few days ago, popular YouTuber and blogger Edgar Obare exposed the philandering ways of Milele FM radio presenter Alex Mwakideu.

Obare, who is known to expose public figures, shared Instagram screenshots that showed Mwakideu arranging for a meet up with his alleged side chic – Irene Barungi – so that they can do the nasty.

Irene Barungi with Alex Mwakideu

Irene Barungi with Alex Mwakideu

In the leaked conversations, the two are seen referring to each other as ‘babe’ before the media personality asks for a teaser of what awaits him.

When the scandal broke out, many people, including myself, expected Mwakideu to come out guns blazing and claim that the conversation is fake while pointing a finger at his detractors but none of that happened.

Instead, he opted to keep quiet and acted like he was not the talk of the town. I know this because I kept checking his social media accounts for a statement. Before we knew it, Kenyans had forgotten about the scandal.

Alex Mwakideu with his wife

Alex Mwakideu with his wife

There’s a crucial lesson that other people who are in the limelight and Kenyans in general can learn from all this and that is the fact that the more you talk about something is the more it sticks in people’s minds.

Truth is that if Mwakideu had gone the Jalang’o way and issued a statement on his social media accounts, we would still be talking about it to date because, well, he has given us a reason to continue talking about it.

By completely avoiding the story, despite the criticism he got on social media, it died a natural death and that means that it’s up to whoever who saw the screenshots to decide if the presenter was really sleeping with his colleague.

And to be honest, it doesn’t really matter whether they are having an affair or not because they are of legal age and I believe they are not mentally incapacitated.

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Drama as Nyeri MCA’s wife is buried

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The funeral ceremony of Konyu MCA Eric Wamumbi’s wife was interrupted after security officials attempted to deny him a chance to eulogise his wife.

The tension-packed ceremony saw an angry Mr Wamumbi lose his cool saying not even President Uhuru Kenyatta could not stop him from paying tribute to his wife Catherine Nyambura Mwangi.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Emotions ran high when Mr Wamumbi was invited by the presiding pastor to read his tribute.

The security team deployed to enforce the social distancing protocol intervened saying the 45 minutes allocated for the ceremony had elapsed and ordered that the body be taken to the burial site.

Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua then rose from his seat, grabbed the microphone and accused the government of high handedness as he demanding that the MCA be allowed to pay tribute to his wife.

More drama ensued after the MCA had spoken when AIPCA Bishop James Kariuki Mbarachu, who was presiding over the ceremony, asked mourners to respect the government directive.

Earlier, there was tension when Mr Gachagua defied a directive by the Konyu Assistant County Commissioner Henry Owino who had warned politicians not to engage in politics. The MP went ahead and launched a scathing attack against the government.

INTIMIDATING MOURNERS

He claimed the government was intimidating mourners by deploying police officers at the ceremony for political reasons.

However Mr Owino said the measures taken by the government were only meant to prevent citizens from the Covid-19.

“I would like to plead with politicians not to politicize this matter, we are not trying to intimidate anybody we are trying to protect you from this disease.

About 100 police officers led by Mathira East Sub-County Police Commander James Barasa were deployed to seal all entries points to Mr Wamumbi’s home at Ndimaini village in Mathira East Sub-County.

The police turned away hundreds of mourners who had started trooping to the village as early as 8 am. The police said they were under strict instructions that only close members of the family would be allowed at the ceremony.

The police also supervised the dismantling of tents that had earlier been erected at Ndimaini Primary School where the ceremony was initially supposed to be held.

None of the more than 20 MCA’s who had attended the ceremony was allowed to address the mourners

Catherine Nyambura Mwangi’ body was found floating in a dam early this week.

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Puzzle of chief who owns a quarter of his sub-location

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Authorities in West Pokot are investigating how an assistant chief in West Pokot acquired up to 2,569 acres in the sub-location where he serves.

The assistant chief and his two brothers are said to own at least 3,000 acres, nearly a quarter of Katikomor Sub-location, which is 12,355 acres. One person was killed on Wednesday evening in a dispute over land, said to be the property of Kanyarkwat Group Ranch.

Armed attack

Longiro Lwokwasit, 26, and his three brothers, were attacked by a group of 10 armed men who accused them of occupying the disputed land illegally.

He died after being shot with a poisoned arrow. According to Kanyarkwat location chief Julius Rongono, nearly 100 families live on the disputed property, and the assistant chief is suspected of using threats and intimidation to evict them. Security officials say they are investigating the assistant chief after Wednesday’s attack. “He and his brothers fled after the attack and we are searching for them. We suspect they have crossed over to Uganda,” said Rongono.

Local authorities suspect that the assistant chief acquired the property after registering a land-buying company in which he is the director.

West Pokot County Commissioner Apollo Okello said he has suspended the assistant chief and interdicted an assistant county commissioner pending investigations into Wednesday’s killing and the land’s ownership.

According to Okello, investigators suspect that the assistant chief colluded with his two brothers to grab thousands of acres and forcibly evict families that have been living in the area for more than a decade. He said the title deed for the property was acquired through Kapenguria land office in a process that security officials suspect was fraudulent.  “Police  are investigating how the three brothers got the title deed. Those who signed all land documents that led to the release of the title deed will also be investigated,” said Okello.

Governor John Lonyangapuo visited the disputed property on Thursday.According to the governor, the county stands to lose at least Sh60 million in schools, markets and other projects standing on the land. Lonyangapuo said the title deed of the disputed land was under the name of Lomangiro Investment Limited and was issued in 2018.

He appealed to the land office to revoke the deed pending investigations. He was speaking at Katikomor area during a security meeting to ease rising tension triggered by the land dispute. Residents currently living on the property accused the assistant chief of attempting to evict them from their ancestral land.

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