REPUBLIC OF KENYA

96 hospitals benefits from government Managed Equipment Service investment

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NAIROBI, Kenya 26 October 2016   The government has equipped 96 hospitals with renal, X-rays, theatre and mammogram services under the Managed Equipment Services (MES) Project.
Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu said based on the current progress all hospitals under the project will be completed by December this year, except for seven sites which had to be reconstructed.

“I am encouraging Kenyans to utilize these services which are free for pregnant women, disabled and under five and I am also appealing to Kenyans to consider visiting the hospitals for screening at least once a year to minimize the rising cases of cancer” said Dr. Mailu.

The CS made the remarks on Tuesday during an assessment tour of hospitals in Taita Taveta County. He noted that the modernization programme has increased the uptake of health services in counties and boosted revenue collection.

“These funds will be used to upgrade other facilities within the hospitals and improve services,” the CS observed.
The government he added is giving subsidies to orphans, elderly, disabled and pregnant women through the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) towards achievement of universal health coverage.

“I am also encouraging Kenyans who are able to pay 500 shillings to join NHIF to utilize the enhanced services.”
He added the expanded free maternity service dubbed Linda Mama will see many mothers’ access free maternity services for a period of 12 months through NHIF.

The CS was accompanied by the county health officials.