Republic of Kenya

Ministry takes measures to strengthen emergency medical care

NAIROBI, Kenya, 29 June 2017 –  The Ministry of Health is developing a policy to make emergency medical care an integral component of the health care system.

The Kenya Policy on Emergency Medical Care which is in the final stage of development will coordinate all emergency medical service providers and create an authority to regulate emergency medical care.

The revelations were made by the Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Health, Dr. Cleopa Mailu through the Head of the Division of Emergency Disaster Management, Dr. Simon Kibias during the opening of the first Kenyan Emergency Care Symposium on Thursday.

“This policy seeks to establish a working emergency medical care system that will improve access, delivery and funding of emergency medical care with the aim of ensuring that every Kenyan has the highest attainable standard of emergency health care,” said Dr. Mailu.

The CS observed that the policy will build capacity for emergency medical care and regulate training, certification, licensing and accreditation of emergency medical care providers. It will also apply suitable technology to collect emergency medical care data for evaluation, dissemination, training, research and public awareness, regulate emergency medical care service institutions and ensure compliance with emergency medical care standards.

He also acknowledged that lack of proper coordination of Emergency Care providers, inadequate number of skilled providers in emergency medical care, inadequate funding and absence of a standardized curricula for training on emergency medical care has been a major challenge.

However, “We have has taken bold measures in strengthening emergency medical care through capacity building and technical assistance, provisions of modern equipment and enhancing public and private partnerships at all levels. The NHIF, Kenya Red Cross, St. Johns and others have also been supporting emergency medical care and trainings on emergency medical care,” said the CS.

He said the Government is in the process of rolling out the referral strategy and guidelines so far covering 22 counties and the Ministry is ready to work with both domestic and international institutions to support emergency medical care countrywide.

The CS thanked the Emergency Medicine Kenya Foundation for organising the symposium, which is a major milestone in driving emergency preparedness and response agenda in the County.

Emergency medical services (EMS) are integrated within the health care system and are obliged to respond to medical emergencies, which include diagnostic and medical treatment procedures, medical transport, and inpatient service. Timely, organized, functional, and effective EMS is a public health priority with increasing demand.

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