The Government has moved to enhance efficiency at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority with the installation of a new board.
Speaking during a meeting with members of the board, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe challenged the new team to enhance efficiency and turnaround time in its operations amid concerns from partners.
“There is a need for greater efficiency on the part of KEMSA. The authority has good facilities including state of the art warehouse and logistics facilities.  KEMSA has a big role to play in the success of the universal health coverage” observed the CS.
While assuring the new board of his support and that of the President, Kagwe urged them to embrace contract manufacturing to ensure supplies that can be sourced locally are acquired from local companies.  “Our attitude has to change and start thinking of how we can enhance and facilitate local manufactures” said the health CS.
The board through its chair Mary Chao Mwadime pledged to inject new life into the authority through proactive action. “We assure you of our commitment and integrity in addressing all issues that must be addressed as a matter of urgency” promised Mwadime.
The appointment of Mwadime as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors was announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta vide Kenya gazette notice number 4010 that also revoked the appointment of James Kembi Gitura.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe also appointed Capt. (Rtd) Lawrence Wahome, Robert Nyarango, Terry Kiunge Ramadhani and Linton Nyaga Kinyua as Members of the Board of Directors of the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority vide gazette notice no. 4011 revoking the appointments of Timothy Mwololo Waema, Bibiana K. Njue, Joel Onsare Gesuka and Dorothy Atieno Aywak.
The fresh faces at KEMSA brings a wealth of experience across various fields.  The Board Chair, Chao Mwadime is an acquisition specialist currently working as a Senior Acquisition Specialist at Excellence Always (XLA). She previously worked as a senior acquisition specialist at USAID/Liberia Mission. She also worked as a chief supplies officer at Kenyatta National Hospital and at the Kenya Railways Corporation. She is currently undertaking her doctorate in Business leadership at the university of South Africa and holds a bachelor of commerce degree, business administration/marketing option from the university of Nairobi.
Capt. (Rtd) Lawrence Wahome has 11 years military leadership experience, while serving in Kenya Defence Forces (KAF) in various capacities. He also boasts of 19 years’ supply chain and leadership experience gained across various sectors and regions whilst working with United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and MSF-Holland.
Robert Nyarango is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital while Terry Kiunge Ramadhani is a Director, Human Resources and Global Organizational Change Lead for Electronic Health Records (EHR). Linton Nyaga Kinyua is a finance professional with over 26 years’ experience in various positions in finance spanning several organisations both local and international.
The new team, appointed for a three-year term with effect from 30th April, 2021, are expected to implement sweeping reforms at the authority tasked with providing affordable and quality health products and supply chain solutions.