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Nyong’o accuses Health Ministry of hijacking counties’ roles by purchasing cancer medicine

He said before devolution, the purchase of the medicines was under the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency but they should leave it to the counties.

Prof Nyong’o said the only time the specialised unit was mandated to procure medicine for Kenyans was when he was the minister of medical services.

Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o has accused the Ministry of Health of hijacking counties’ roles by purchasing cancer medicine yet health is devolved.

“I am very sure this is happening because some people are after putting some money into their pockets,” said Prof Nyong’o. “The corruption being witnessed in the sector is ruining delivery of services to the counties.”

The national government should desist from creating a specialised unit to handle the supplies and help counties construct the units, said the senator.

“We are aware that this could lead to a major scandal because of what we have witnessed in the sector,” Prof Nyong’o told the 2016 Kenya International Cancer Conference in Kisumu.

Contacted, the Director of Medical Services, Dr Jack Kioko, said implementation services are devolved to the counties but procurement was left to the government because of standards and policies.

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