The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) has flagged off a consignment of sunscreen agents destined for more than 192 public health facilities to alleviate the plight of persons living with albinism. Provision of sunscreen agents with a sun protection factor of 50 and above (SPF 50+) is a public health requirement, with such agents now listed in the Kenya Essential Medicine list.
Speaking at an event to flag off delivery vehicles heading to more than 45 counties, KEMSA Acting Chief Executive Officer John Kabuchi, amongst senior officials from the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD), said the Authority has been managing the procurement, warehousing and last-mile delivery of sunscreen agents to public health facilities.
“This particular consignment of sunscreen agents comprises lip balms, after-sun lotion, adult and children sunscreen lotions valued at more than Kshs 54 million… KEMSA and the National Council for Persons with Disabilities have been ensuring that these sunscreen agents are delivered promptly to all health facilities to ensure the comfort of persons living with albinism.”
The distribution of the sunscreen agents to more than 3800 persons with albinism is one of the flagship NCPWD support programs. NCPWD Executive Director Harun Hassan said the Council has been implementing this program to cushion persons with albinism from harmful sun rays, leading to skin cancer.
“Under the Albinism Support program, the Council provides sunscreen lotions, lip balms, and other services for all Persons with Albinism. One bottle of Nivea sunscreen lotion is provided to every registered Person with Albinism monthly. Additionally, clients are entitled to one after sun lotion every two months. Besides sunscreen and after-sun lotions, lip balms have also been procured for PWAs who are entitled to a piece each month,”
The flag-off of the sunscreen agents comes hot on the heels of a series of recent medical supplies consignments by KEMSA to various public health facilities. Last month, KEMSA flagged off a consignment of assorted essential medical supplies valued at more than Kshs 200million destined to various counties as part of ongoing efforts to ensure the national scale-up of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) program. The Authority has maintained an “above-average” order fulfilment rate and last-mile deliveries to more than 11,500 health facilities countrywide.