The Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) has emerged top among 33 Government Agencies in the adoption of Best Public Procurement Practices, for the year 2021.
In an event that took place on Thursday, December 16, 2021, in Mombasa, that focused on celebrating Supply Chain Best Practices in Kenya MTRH took the lead in the category of Best Public Procurement Project. This was based on an evaluation of MTRH Procurement of the largest Hospital-based Oxygen Generating Plant in East and Central Africa producing 2,000 liters of oxygen per minute.
The Project was commissioned by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe in August 2021 amongst other MTRH Strategic projects including Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Diseases Centre, Radiotherapy and Brachytherapy Equipment; Data Centre, Network Upgrade and High Definition CCTV, and Nawiri Recovery and Skills Centre.
The adjudicators assessed the implementation using the best procurement methods, the complexity of the project, regular inspection of works by the Hospital Management Team (HMT) ensuring no project ever stalls in MTRH, quality works at project completion, compliance with Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) Guidelines, less variation of Contract, Value for Money, Project completed on time, Risk Mitigation measures, Sustainability, Impact of Project and local aspect such as metrics.
While receiving the award, MTRH Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa said; “The Hospital’s strict adherence to all parameters placed MTRH at the top of the pedestal performance in procurement processes.”
“MTRH is renowned for ensuring evenness, openness, transparency and accountability through Open International/ National Tender,” he added.
MTRH considers the Procurement Law as setting the minimums, but internally it surpasses these minimums. Whereas the Law allows the use of Requests for Quotations( RFQs) up to the value of Ksh2.5 Million, MTRH through its Supply Manual uses the more transparent and competitive Open National Tenders for any procurement whose value is above Ksh. 499,999.00.
Dr Aruasa further indicated that the culture has created a high level of confidence between the suppliers and MTRH, an element that has had a positive bearing on the quality of our healthcare services.
The event was hosted by the Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM).