In line with Narok Senator, Ledama ole Kina, it takes over 600 days for medical orders to succeed in 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.
However it certainly reveals 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?
Do not forget 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 lady).
Extreme illness doesn’t take depart as a result of medical provides are ‘on their manner’.
I take into consideration that lady who’s simply acquired a disabling analysis…
That girl in Msambweni, Kwale County who has simply acquired information about that most cancers which is now metastasizing away from her left breast.
She is meant to obtain ten classes of chemo on the degree 5 hospital within the county however retains on being advised that the meds haven’t but arrived.
She is a peasant farmer with no different supply of earnings apart 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 sources she’s collected from household, pals and properly wishers can solely afford her the primary 3 chemo classes.
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 won’t stay to really feel these medication transfer by way of her veins.
Quickly sufficient, family and pals 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 advised of county governments which have made phantom orders of medical tools.
They promise their individuals dialysis machines, CT scans, MRI gadgets but these are simply empty phrases.
And if delivered, they haven’t skilled employees to run them.
Some even promise sufferers high quality medication just for them to be stolen and used to restock non-public pharmacies.
However this isn’t only a ‘county authorities’ difficulty.
Successful tenders is nice if it’s meant to ship worth.
However most of the time tender and provide discussions are punctuated by a want 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 expensive life as they await elusive medical provides.
The extra related amongst us stroll into the corridors of KEMSA and different authorities businesses solely to go away with thousands and thousands of their fingers however at whose expense?
You see, Christ stated that…for what shall it revenue a person if he positive aspects 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 forged 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 below the bus.
Maybe it’s time we take healthcare critically.
Maybe it’s time all of us has a actuality examine.