CS Health tours pharmaceutical companies to ensure access to quality products

Nairobi (Kenya) May 6, 2019 – Today the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Sicily Kariuki visited two pharmaceutical companies to ensure Kenyans have access to quality medical products locally.

The CS visited Cosmos Ltd and Skylight Chemicals Ltd and reaffirmed the Government commitment to support local manufacturing of medical commodities.

“I am here because of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda to ensure the public have access quality and affordable medical supplies locally and the manufacturing pillar to give employment to young people,” she said.

She called on the local manufacturers to implement best practices for self regulation in manufacturing and other areas of potential concern to consumers.

During the tour the CS got an in-depth of the challenges being experienced by the local manufacturers and the opportunities that exist in the industry for reduction of healthcare costs by lowering the cost of essential medicines.

“Addressing the challenges that the industry faces will unlock the huge potential in manufacturing of pharmaceutical products for the Manufacturing Agenda while assuring Kenyans of quality, accessible and  affordable essential medicines for the UHC Agenda,” she noted.

The CS revealed that the Ministry of Health is in the process of setting up a pricing and affordability committee to advice her on issues of pricing of medical commodities.

She also directed all regulatory authorities to move with speed to re-inspect health facilities and discipline those violating the rules.

“Health facilities must employ qualified staff. Through multi-sectoral approach

we have seized a number of consignments and we shall not relent to deregister the culprits,” she added.

She appealed to the Governors who are the implementers of healthcare not to allow unauthorized businesses and also advised the public to avoid self medication but seek proper professional advice in order to get proper diagnosis and medication.

The CS who was accompanied by KEMSA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Yona Mwangi and the Pharmacy and Poisons Board, CEO Dr. F.M. Siyoi among others.

She also disclosed that the Ministries of Health and Agriculture are in the process of creating the Kenya Food and Drug Authority.