EACC LAUNCHES SYSTEM REVIEW OF HEALTH MINISTRY
20th March, 2017: The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has launched a review of the systems, policies, procedures and practices in the pricing of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical supplies in the public health sector in Kenya. The launch, at the Kenya School of Curriculum Development (KICD), comes in the wake of a report indicating that such supplies are procured above fair, equitable and competitive cost effective prices, leading to significant leakage of funds.
Citing the report -- Sealing Corruption in Kenyas Health Procurement system -- EACC Deputy CEO Michael Mubea, who officially launched the review, urged the concerned ministries to strengthen their systems to minimize corruption. EACC Deputy Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer Mr. Michael Mubea giving his remarks during the Launch of the Systems Review at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development
The report was prepared by the Society for International Development (SID), Transparency International and Kenya Ethical and Legal Issues Network. Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu welcomed the audit as timely, bearing in mind the many corruption loopholes cited in the recent past in the ministry. Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu at the launch of the System Review for pharmaceutical and Non-pharmaceutical supplies at Kenya institute of Curriculum Development
The exercise aims to identify any systemic loopholes or weaknesses that may lead to inefficiencies and malpractices in the pricing of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical supplies both at the acquisition and dispensing stages. EACCs secretariat will audit the systems and give its recommendations.
It will target the Ministry of Health headquarters, selected national referral hospitals, county governments departments of health, selected county referral hospitals and health facilities, and various stakeholders such as the National Treasury, the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board, and the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority. Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017