REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Health commodities play an important role in the roll out of UHC CAS Health says

Nairobi KENYA, September 11, 2019 There is need to strengthen commodities management interms of quality and training of health workers to establish a stable pipeline and ensure patients get the right health products, Dr. Rashid Aman, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry has said.
Speaking during the United States Pharmacopeia Promoting the Quality of Medicines (USP-PQM) program closeout event today Dr. Aman said health products and technologies are essential components of healthcare service delivery and there is need for  vigilance and post market surveillance to assure the quality and safety of medicines to prevent harm to patients.

He said health commodities play an important role in the roll out of Universal Health Coverage and we must ensure that patients get quality products to promote their health.

The PQM program under the USAID funding facilitated the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) in the acquisition of 11 Minilabs that are stationed across the country especially at the Ports of Entry .
“As a Ministry we are grateful for this support and would like to encourage the counties to work with PPB to make use of these equipment to assist in the screening of the medicines they procure and use in their public health facilities,” he said.
Over the last ten years PQM has been very instrumental in helping the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) carry out continuous monitoring of the quality of medicines and specifically the antimalarial medicines.
With the help of PQM, PPB has carried out a total of seven rounds of post marketing surveillance (PMS) for the antimalarial medicines. This has led to improved quality for this group of medicines from a pass rate of 84% during the first round to 100% during the most recent seventh round that was carried out in July and August this year.
The PQM program has also assisted in building the technical capacity of the personnel involved in the use of minilabs.
 In addition it has supported supported the accreditation of the  National Quality Control Laboratory (NQCL) to ISO 17025 and prepared it for the WHO-Prequalification and capacity building in QC testing.