In Summary
  • The county and the State agency have long tussled over a reported Sh285 million debt that at some point saw Kemsa threaten to stop supplies to health facilities.
  • As at December, budget committee chairman Robert Mbatia reported that City Hall owed Kemsa Sh384 million.
  • He said that as the county settles the debt, the recurrent expenditure share will cater for the agency's continued supply of drugs to health facilities.

City Hall has allocated Sh384 million to the payment of a debt owed to the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa).

The figure is contained in Nairobi's 2018/2019 supplementary budget estimates that were adopted by the assembly during a special sitting last week.

TUSSLE

The county and the State agency have long tussled over a reported Sh285 million debt that at some point saw Kemsa threaten to stop supplies to health facilities.

The county started settling the debt by making a payment of Sh58 million in August and Sh25 million in October.

As at December, however, budget committee chairman Robert Mbatia reported that City Hall owed Kemsa Sh384 million.

He said that as the county settles the debt, the recurrent expenditure share will cater for the agency's continued supply of drugs to health facilities.

ALLOCATIONS

According to the supplementary budget, the health sector will receive an extra Sh750.2 million, Sh66.2 million of which will be for Pumwani Maternity Hospital’s recurrent operations and Sh300 million for stalled projects.

Mr Mbatia said the facility will get another Sh133.3 million from funds allocated to 17 health projects, which have been deferred to 2019/20 financial year.

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