Cabinet Secretary for Health Outlines Priorities for Improving Healthcare in Kenya at Governor’s Summit

Naivasha,, 2023 – The Governor’s Summit was held in Kenya, providing an opportunity for the governors to engage in discussions about the health sector.
The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Dr. Nakhumicha S. Wafula, gave a special address, emphasizing the importance of collaboration between the national and county governments in improving the health of all citizens.
Dr. Nakhumicha highlighted the government’s efforts to control the spread of communicable diseases and increase access to essential medicines, while acknowledging the need for further work. She spoke about the government’s commitment to investing in cutting-edge technology and digital health solutions to improve health outcomes and reach more people with critical health services.
The Cabinet Secretary set a clear direction for the future of health in Kenya and demonstrated the government’s dedication to improving the health and well-being of all Kenyans. “The government is committed to self-reliance and reducing dependence on imports, leveraging local manufacturing, and working with the treasury on tax regimes,” she stated.
Reforms at the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) have been ongoing, including improvements in warehousing and logistics, and there was also a focus on health financing, including reforms to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF). The government is also working to raise funds for social health insurance, she noted.
According to the CS the Governor’s Summit provided a valuable opportunity for discussions about the future of health in Kenya, and the ministry is confident that great progress will be made towards a healthier future for all Kenyans.