Sep 20, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Ghosts of Covid millionaires in Russian vaccine import

The importer, Dinlas Pharma EPZ Ltd, is a company based in Syokimau on Mombasa Road.

The following day, the company made a tax payment of Sh8.5 million to Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)) at 4:34 p.m.

KRA issued a tax certificate with customer reference number 121-00448. Dinlas Pharma paid Sh 3.1 million as a railway development fee and Sh 5.4 million as an import declaration fee. There was also a concession fee of 250 Shillings.

The import declaration fee is levied by KRA for all imported goods. It is charged at a rate of 2.25 percent of the Insurance and Freight (CIF) value.

Due to the nature of the shipment, Dinlas has not paid Value Added Tax (VAT), import duties and excise duties.

After clearing with the KRA, the company was instructed to receive an import release notice from the ports. The note was processed and signed on March 22nd by an officer identified as Celestine.

Read: Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V now in Kenya

In the release notice the ICCD – Number 00300955 stated that the shipment was in good condition.

Days after its release, the vaccine, which was the first to be imported by a private company, entered the Kenyan market and found its way into private hospitals.

Two prominent lawyers and Vice President William Ruto, who has separated from his own government, take the vaccine and post pictures that go viral immediately.

The Department of Health however, refuses vaccine for more than a week;

When Kenyans resigned themselves to reports of Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) officials issuing tenders at the agency, tenderpreneurs and affiliated state officials en went back to the drawing board and planned to make the next billion out of the pandemic.

This time through private imports and sales of the vaccines. The high risks of counterfeiting did not stop them. They didn’t even wait for World Health Organization (WHO) approval for Sputnik V before placing their first orders.

The biggest mystery is how the Russian vaccine was shipped in and made its way into the country the hospitals of a supersonic speed, only for the ministry to reject them repeatedly.

Dinlas Pharma EPZ was registered on January 26, 2018 and is one of the suppliers named in connection with the Kemsa Covid-19 shipments 2020

The matter is under investigation by both houses of parliament, with the Senate recommending prosecution.

An investigation by Nation revealed that Dinlas Pharma EPZ Ltd is owned by Medillon Trading FZE and Parkdale Investments Ltd is 341,700 and 168,300 shares respectively.

Medillon Trading FZE and Parkdale Investments Ltd are registered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Nation could not own these companies like that continue to establish.

Ms. Lenah Chelanga is listed as secretary of Dinlas Pharma EPZ while Mr. Jayesh Umesh Saini is listed as director, but without shares.

Mr. Jayesh is the founder and Chairman of Bliss. At one time, he was adversely mentioned in the Clinix Healthcare scandal that reportedly lost Sh96 million to a dubious medical system for officials and disciplined workers.

This is the company behind one of them The three batches have already been imported.

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board states that the Sputnik V vaccine is legal in the country and that only one hospital has been accredited for administration.

“Just one thing. .. passed the test. Bliss Westlands has received approval to give the vaccine to every Kenyan. We will accredit more, but only those who pass the test, ”said a board member who, citing pressure from health ministry officials, asked for anonymity. As a first dose, a hospital has to prove that it is storing the vaccine at -18 degrees Celsius can, while Sputnik V 2 can be stored at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius for the second dose. Vaccine is not illegal. We approved the vaccine and it’s safe. Our people are on site and monitor hospitals. Those who reach the threshold will be accredited, ”says the board.

In order to provide such a vaccine, a dealer must train the staff who administer it and take out private liability insurance to cope with any eventuality .

All of this happened after the PPB approved the emergency use of the vaccine and authorized Dinlas to import it.

The two certifications indicated that the goods were legally in the country.

< p> The board approved the company to import the vaccine, which would not have been possible without the knowledge of the Ministry of Health.

Release of distribution

On March 24th via his Twitter handle PPB said it granted emergency use approval to the Sputnik V vaccine after a successful evaluation and after it met all requirements.

The poison control agency also said that any company that imports Covid-19 – Vaccines plans to sign a compensation agreement prior to release.

On March 12, Dinlas Pharma filed for professional compensation of Sh 201 million through AAR Insurance Company Ltd for one year, beginning March 12 2021 to March 11, 2022.

The Compensation should cover reactions due to a Covid-19 vaccination.

“It is hereby agreed that the benefits of the policy issued at Dinlas Pharma EPZ Ltd are available subject to the conditions and exceptions of the professional liability insurance issued”, as in the stated by a certificate signed by Robert Ngetich.

The certificate states that the maximum limit per event is Sh 1 million and a total of Sh 200 million for a year.

The Board added added that the review of Sputnik V considered aspects of quality, safety and effectiveness and found that it is safe. The Ministry of Health was late in approving the vaccine on Wednesday.

Two Health Ministry officials denied knowing the vaccine was approved for use in Kenya on Thursday last week, claiming they were unaware of its arrival and raise him safety concerns.

Dr. Collins Tabu, the head of vaccination at the ministry, said he was unaware of the existence of the Sputnik V vaccine in Kenya even though the PPB had approved its import but not its distribution.

Dr. Willis Akhwale, chair of the Vaccination Advisory Task Force, said he was not privy to discussions with anyone at the ministry when the Sputnik V arrived.

However, on Wednesday, Dr. Akhwale changed his mind and said the drug made in Russia was ready for use.

“This vaccine, Sputnik V, received emergency approval but not marketing approval,” said Dr. Akhwale at a press conference Due to the lack of market approval, the Sputnik V vaccine cannot be advertised commercially.

P. Rivate hospitals are already registering Kenyans for the vaccine.

Mr. Nishant Mishra, a senior official at Dinlas Pharmaceuticals, the distributor, said the vaccine was imported with the full knowledge and clearance of the PPB.

“We used Freight in Time Ltd as a clearing house and received clearance. We use Freight in Time’s cold room to keep it at the required temperature. We have a tracker that monitors the temperature 24/7, ”Mishra said.

Distribution clearance

When the Nation asked the board why the vaccine was being used An anonymity official said permission to distribute it is the mandate of the health ministry.

“We need to take care of security and make sure the requirements we are under are met they are going to give sales clearance as they deal with health product sales and pricing, not with the board, “said PPB.

Before distributing the vaccine, the company should ensure the safety of users, private Distributors must previously comply with approval.

The distributor must also register users on the government-run Chanjo website, where anyone vaccinated against coronavirus has details on file in order for the Ministeriu m can track the number of people who were given the shots. Side effects.

The dealer must also sign a technical agreement

Dinlas Pharma is the training of health workers from 27 private hospitals .

The vaccine is administered by private hospitals at Sh 8,000 per dose.

“We have met the requirements and conditions. Anyone who can afford to pay for the vaccine should be eligible, “said Mishra.

” The vaccine is being distributed through the hospital networks. Freight in Time Ltd will help us with the distribution as it has the ability to ship the vaccine at the required temperatures. “

He added that Dinlas Pharma would ensure that the hospitals receiving the Sputnik V vaccine have cold storage facilities.

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