Lamu county government to replace medical supplies looted by al shabaab militants

Pandanguo dispensary when it was torched by militants back in 2014 PHOTO COURTESY

Lamu,KENYA:The county government of Lamu will replace drugs and all medical equipment looted by suspected Alshabaab militants from Pandanguo dispensary on Wednesday.

Lamu governor Issa Timamy said the county will do so as to ensure the villagers of Pandanguo do not suffer from lack of medical attention.

Speaking in Lamu on Friday,Timamy said it was unfortunate that the dispensary had been looted by militants for the second time but added that as an administration,they had a mandate to ensure citizens get all required services whenever needed.

He called on the national government to improve security in the area and the entire county to enable protection of amenities such as dispensaries.

Timamy said such acts by militants disrupt the flow of services to the people and that there was need for measures to be taken to avoid a repeat of a similar incident.

This is the second time the dispensary has been targeted for looting by suspected Alshabaab militants.

On July 14, 2014, over 60 Al-Shabaab militants attacked Pandanguo village, torched a classroom and stole drugs at the Pandanguo dispensary.

On Wednesday,the dispensary was robbed clean of all drugs and medical supllies by a group of over 200 heavily armed suspected Alshabaab militants who raided the village at dawn leaving the facility without even a single painkiller.

The militants also destroyed a communication mast and a school.