Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) emerged top among Thirty Three (33) Government Agencies in the adoption of Best Public Procurement Practices, for the year 2021.
In an elaborate function which took place on Thursday, 16th December 2021 in Mombasa, that focused at celebrating Supply Chain Best Practices in Kenya dubbed ‘KISM Spurs SCM Excellence Awards 2021’, MTRH took lead in the category of Best Public Procurement Project of the year award 2021.
This was based on an evaluation of MTRH Procurement of the largest Hospital-based Oxygen Generating Plant in East & Central Africa producing 2,000 litres oxygen per minute.
The Project was commissioned by the Cabinet Secretary, Health-Sen. Mutahi Kagwe, EGH on 26th August, 2021 amongst other MTRH Strategic projects including: Chandaria Cancer & Chronic Diseases Centre; Radiotherapy & Brachytherapy Equipment; Data Centre, Network Upgrade & High Definition CCTV and Nawiri Recovery & Skills Centre.
The adjudicators assessed the implementation using the best procurement methods, complexity of the project, regular inspection of works by 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.
Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa MBS, EBS said : “The Hospital’s strict adherence to all parameters placed MTRH at the top of the pedestal performance in procurement processes.”
Dr. Aruasa reiterated in his remarks that MTRH attaches high value to its engagement with Government and the Stakeholders who include the Regulators led by PPRA. He said MTRH works very well with its Suppliers who are paid well, on time, treated fairly and objectively.
“MTRH is renowned for ensuring evenness, openness, transparency & accountability through Open International/ National Tender,” he added. MTRH considers the Procurement Law as setting the minimums, but internally we surpass these minimums e.g whereas the Law allows use of Requests for Quotations( RFQs) upto the value of Ksh 2.5 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.
The CEO further indicated that the culture has created high level of confidence between the suppliers and MTRH, an element that has had a positive bearing in quality of our healthcare services.
The event was hosted by the Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM) and officiated by Mr. Sylvester Kututa from Kenya Maritime, Chairman Express Shipping and Logistics East Africa.
Also present were: PPRA Ag. Director General, Pauline Opiyo; Director General Public Procurement Administrative Review Board, Enoch Irungu and Director Procurement at The National Treasury & Planning, Erick Korir.