CS Health launches primary health strategic framework as a pillar to achieve UHC Nakuru July 16, 2020

Today, the Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Health, Mutahi Kagwe visited Nakuru County to assess the level of preparedness in handling COVID -19 where he also launched the primary health care strategic framework, and the community health policy.
The CS thanked the County of Nakuru led by Governor Lee Kinyanjui for attaining and surpassing the presidential directive of setting up 300 isolation bed capacity to handle any upsurge of Covid-19 cases.
The CS who was accompanied by CAS  Dr. Rashid Aman and Ag. Director General Dr. Patrick Amoth said the launch of the Primary Health Care strategic framework, and the Community Health Policy demonstrates, the government’s commitment to revitalize the Primary Health Care systems in Kenya, as a critical pillar in the realization of Universal Health Coverage.
Globally, the primary health care approach has been recognized as an effective way of making improvements, in health care delivery and addressing the heavy burden of diseases, therefore, contributing to better health, socioeconomic development, as well as achieving Universal Health Coverage.
Community empowerment is a key target of the Primary Health Care approach that was adopted by countries 42 years ago at Alma Ata. This was re-affirmed in Astana, Kazakhstan in 2018, through the Astana Declaration, which Kenya is a signatory to.
To support implementation of Primary Health Care, the CS said the Ministry of Health, with support of county governments and partners, developed the Primary Health Care Strategic Framework 2019-2024 and is currently working towards 100% community health units coverage nationally.
The Ministry he added has recruited, and is training 31,780 community health volunteers. This will ensure full coverage of community health services in the country, which will support home based isolation and care for the COVID-19 Pandemic, and achievement of Universal Health Care.
The Ministry has also developed the Community Health Policy 2020 – 2030, which will lead to better leadership and governance of community health services at both National and County level.   The issues that have been addressed in the policy include, recruitment, training and deployment of community health workforce, as well as a stronger and responsive community health information system.
“With these policy documents, we intend to invest more in primary health care, for sustainable Primary Health Care,” he said and noted that despite COVID-19 pandemic, the Government continues to focus on providing continuous, equitable, accessible and quality essential health care services, which can only be attained through a robust primary health care system.
He also announced 21 new cases of coronavirus from a sample size of 3,895 tested in the last 24 hours. This brings to 11,673 positive cases in the country, from 230,096 tests carried out so far.
From the cases 409 are Kenyans, while 12 are foreigners.  In terms of gender, 297 are males and 124 are females. Age wise, the youngest is a one-year-old infant while the oldest is 93.
In terms of County distribution, Nairobi continues to lead with 6,491 cases, followed by Mombasa, with 1,783, and Kiambu is third, with 640.  Nakuru is at number 9 with 155 cases out of the 42 Counties that have recorded a case.
“This is not a good standing.  If the people of Nakuru are not careful, this disease is bound to deal a major blow to all the social and economic gains this County has made,” he advised.
Today the government also announced that 570 patients have recovered from the disease. Out of this 512 have been on home based care, while 58 are from our various facilities, bringing the total number of recoveries so far to 3,638.
“In Nakuru County, we have 30 recoveries so far with 25 others undergoing home based care. I want to thank our healthcare workers for this good work, the CS said.
Sadly, we have also lost 8 patients to the disease bringing our fatality to 217 he added.