In keeping with Narok Senator, Ledama ole Kina, it takes over 600 days for medical orders to achieve Kwale County after requisition from the Kenya Medical Provides Authority (KEMSA).

It might sound a ‘regular’ factor to us who’re used to slothful providers from some authorities businesses.

Nevertheless it certainly exhibits how a lot we devalue human life.

How so? You ask…

Properly how a lot harm would 600 days do to an individual gripped with a disabling sickness?

Keep in mind that these are medical provides destined for Kwale County.

So what about these destined for Turkana, Marsabit or West Pokot?

You see, terminal sickness waits for no man (or girl).

Extreme illness doesn’t take depart as a result of medical provides are ‘on their means’.


I take into consideration that girl who’s simply obtained a disabling prognosis…

That girl in Msambweni, Kwale County who has simply obtained information about that most cancers which is now metastasizing away from her left breast.

She is meant to obtain ten periods of chemo on the stage 5 hospital within the county however retains on being instructed that the meds haven’t but arrived.

She is a peasant farmer with no different supply of revenue aside from some coconuts she harvests now and again.

She has no means to get to Nairobi.

The bus fare is an excessive amount of.

The meagre assets she’s collected from household, mates and nicely wishers can solely afford her the primary 3 chemo periods.

However nonetheless, she retains on being turned down on the hospital.

KEMSA hasn’t but equipped the medication.

The earliest they’re anticipated is within the subsequent 6 months.

She is aware of what awaits her.

The physician’s report was clear sufficient that the tumor has began spreading.

6 months will probably be a bit too late.

However she should carry on ready.

That wait is a painful one.

She is not going to dwell to really feel these medication transfer via her veins.

Quickly sufficient, family members and mates will collect for her burial rites.


You see, that is the scenario that we’re in.

Healthcare is now not a precedence.

As a substitute, individuals’s pockets are.

Tales are instructed of county governments which have made phantom orders of medical tools.

They promise their individuals dialysis machines, CT scans, MRI units but these are simply empty phrases.

And if delivered, they haven’t skilled workers to run them.

Some even promise sufferers high quality medication just for them to be stolen and used to restock personal pharmacies.

However this isn’t only a ‘county authorities’ subject.

Successful tenders is sweet if it’s meant to ship worth.

However most of the time tender and provide discussions are punctuated by a need to take advantage of out of the least…

We search to exploit public coffers dry whereas delivering a uncooked deal to sufferers who’re desperately clinging to pricey life as they await elusive medical provides.

The extra linked amongst us stroll into the corridors of KEMSA and different authorities businesses solely to go away with tens of millions of their arms however at whose expense?

You see, Christ stated that…for what shall it revenue a person if he good points the entire world however loses his personal soul (Mark 8:36)


In the meantime our girl from Msambweni, Kwale has been laid to relaxation.

She has taken an early bow which might be prevented provided that slothful authorities officers solid away their greed and did their work with the urgency required.

Senator Ledama ole Kina is a lone voice within the wilderness…crying on behalf of the forgotten and people thrown beneath the bus.

Maybe it’s time we take healthcare significantly.

Maybe it’s time all of us has a actuality verify.

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