, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 3 – Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Jonah Manjari Mwangi as the new Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1st July 2018, succeeding Mr. Fredrick Wanyonyi who was serving in an acting capacity from December 2017.
Dr. Manjari becomes the first medical doctor to ever serve in the role of Chief Executive Officer since KEMSA was established in 2005.
The KEMSA Board Session Chairman Mr. Andrew Onyach said Dr. Manjari is an experienced advisor in the health industry and is uniquely suited to lead KEMSA in its next phase of transformation and spur exponential growth.
The Authority is responsible for the procurement, storage and distribution of drugs and medical supplies for prescribed public health programs, the national strategic stock reserve, and national referral hospitals.
“We have selected a strong leader at a time when KEMSA is expected to effectively support the Ministry of Health in implementing Universal Health Care coverage by providing quality medical supplies,” noted Mr. Onyach.
Prior to his appointment Dr. Manjari was the Nakuru County Government County Executive Committee Member heading the Department of Health Services and has also served as CEC Member (Health) Kiambu County.
During his tenure, he oversaw the construction of new health facilities and ensured all maternity wings in all health centres across Kiambu County were fully functional.
Dr. Manjari holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery University of Nairobi (UoN). He also has a Masters in ENT Surgery from UoN and over 20 years work experience.