Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, despatched a stern warning to cartels concerned in theft of medical provides from public services within the metropolis.
In a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, the county boss shared a video of three males who have been allegedly arrested whereas ferrying among the medication stolen from a authorities hospital on Monday.
The suspects have been nabbed with a number of cartons full of medication stacked in a van on their strategy to Murang’a following a tip-off from members of the general public.
“After a tip-off yesterday, these thugs have been caught this morning stealing a van full of medication from considered one of our services,” Sakaja stated.
The governor stated the suspects will “serve for example to the others who’ve been stealing what’s meant for the folks.”
Sakaja stated the county authorities of Nairobi has strengthened vigilance as it really works to implement the Well being Administration Data Methods (HMIS).
After a tip off yesterday, these thugs have been caught this morning stealing a van full of medication from considered one of our services. These ones can be an instance to the others who’ve been stealing what’s meant for the folks. As we implement our HMIS, we’re strengthening vigilance. pic.twitter.com/sQbBXwZ8JZ
— Sakaja Arthur Johnson (@SakajaJohnson) February 21, 2023
Addressing the incident in Mombasa, Sakaja instructed members of the press that he had reached out to the Directorate of Prison Investigations (DCI) boss Mohamed Amin to assist him within the struggle towards theft of county assets.
“I’ve deployed over 100 cops in all county well being services to make sure safety is supplied to not solely the well being services but additionally sufferers,” Sakaja stated.
“Any employees discovered stealing medical commodities, and gear meant to profit Nairobians won’t solely be arrested, however I’ll personally guarantee they’re jailed.”
He urged members of the general public to be vigilant and assist authorities to convey an finish to the “prison actions”.
“For those who see something uncommon in our hospitals please tell us as a result of we’re doing all this for the widespread good of Kenyans,” he stated.
“I’m telling those that are doing this to cease. It’s a curse to steal from the poor who would in any other case have survived however find yourself dropping their lives on account of lack of medication.”
The incident comes days after Sakaja flagged off a consignment of medical provides price Ksh244 million at Metropolis Corridor for distribution to county well being services.
The consignment was delivered by the Kenya Medical Provides Authority (KeMSA), a authorities company mandated to acquire, warehouse and distribute medication and medical provides for prescribed public well being applications, the nationwide strategic inventory reserve, prescribed important well being packages and nationwide referral hospitals.