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Key vaccines expire, red tape at ministry to blame

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#1
:mad::mad:
I am fucking triggered wtf?
By Angela Oketch
Health and Science reporter
Nation Media Group
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As patients went without vaccines in public hospitals, a six-tonne consignment of the drugs wasted away at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) for three years because government officials dithered over clearance.
Now the 6.1 tonnes of pentavalent – a vaccine meant to protect mothers and children against five potentially deadly diseases– has expired and will be destroyed.
The consignment of the vaccine that arrived at JKIA Swissport storage in 2017 wasted away due to bureaucracy and failure to pay clearance token fees.
The red tape could have denied many Kenyans immunisation against haemophilus influenza type B (the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and otitis media – ear infection), diptheria, whooping cough, hepatitis B, tetanus and other ailments.
Pentavalent, also known as Five-in-One, is a combination with of five vaccines.

The Nation obtained a copy of a confidential letter to Health Director-General Patrick Amoth late last month by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB), revealing the mess.
Headlined “Collection and Disposal of Expired Vaccines at JKIA Swiss Port Storage”, the letter says the storing firm wants the expired vaccines destroyed since as they are occupying valuable space.
“These are lifesaving vaccines that should be treated with urgency once they get into the country but because of bureaucracy by the clearing agency, we have to dispose of 6.1 tonnes of vaccines. Very unfortunate,” Drug Crime and Investigations head at PPB Dennis Otieno says in the letter.
https://nation.africa/kenya/news/key-vaccines-expire-red-tape-at-ministry-to-blame-3241670
 
#6
This is of course sad news and it definitely means that not all the processes have been established properly yet. And in this case, of course, the government and all systems that are related to this need to draw a conclusion and make some decisions so that this does not happen in the future. It’s scary to realize how much money was wasted and the time when someone didn’t wait or didn’t get the help they needed. In fact, this can happen in any country, but if we are talking specifically about this situation, then I am amazed at the scale of what is happening, because they can be called global and this is definitely not the best news. And it definitely needs to be under a lot of control.
 
#7
And it seems to me that this is a common human factor and inattention to details, because in fact they simply forgot about it - and because of this, this situation has developed. Of course, this situation needs to be corrected and as soon as possible, because it is not the fact that this happened, but the consequences that concern the entire population that are no longer frightening.
I think that the regulatory authorities that allowed this should be held responsible. And the government must henceforth create conditions so that vaccines and medicines in general are distributed more competently, taking into account the size of the population in each region and the need for certain drugs. I hope this was the last such case.
 

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