REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Scaling up Public Health Programs for universal Health Coverage.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta,Health PS Peter Tum and Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu unveil the foundation stone for Githunguri level four Hospital

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta,Health PS Peter Tum and Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu view the plan for Githunguri Level 4 Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scaling up Public Health Programs for universal Health Coverage

Nairobi, KENYA Friday, 25 May 2018 – The Ministry of Health is scaling up on-going programs and strategies to align them to Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

The Principal Secretary for Health Peter Tum said the scale up of health insurance enrolment is meant to reduce the burden of out of pocket expenditures.

The scale up also targets investment in infrastructure and leverage on technological innovations to ensure UHC is achieved, the PS said during the laying of a foundation stone at the Githunguri and Bibirioni Level 4 hospitals in Kiambu County.

He revealed that currently the ministry is streamlining the system for health commodities and technologies and will support the recruitment and training of additional health workers among other various public health programs to be implemented.

“We will continue to mobilize additional domestic resources for health and ensure a conducive environment for the private sector and other stakeholders to thrive,” he noted.

Currently the ministry is supporting the implementation of Reproductive Maternal Neonatal Child Adolescent Health (RMNCAH), HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria programs.

“The implementation of these programs has led to major improvements in child and maternal health, reduction in HIV prevalence and HIV related deaths. For example the Free Maternity Program dubbed Linda Mama has doubled the number of skilled deliveries from 600,323 in 2013 to 1.2 million and the Managed Equipment Service (MES) program has improved the total daily dialysis capacity from 88 to 548 sessions across the country,” the PS said.

The Ministry he added is planning to scale up the program to cover 21 hospitals besides establishing 10 new referral hospitals.

“The Health Insurance Subsidy Program (HISP) which targets the orphans, elderly and disabled people has increased financial health protection for about 564,000 persons with an enrollment of  6.8 million principal members through NHIF,” he said.

To address the challenges in the health workforce the PS said the Government is committed to a proactive collective and inclusive approach to better remuneration and improve work environment and will work with regulatory bodies to ensure continuing professional development for all cadres in the health sector.

He lauded the County Government’s efforts to improve healthcare and development partners for their commitment and support. He also and called on all stakeholders to work together towards the UHC goal.