REPUBLIC OF KENYA

CS Health launches UHC pilot registration. Machakos, KENYA November 10, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cabinet Secretary for Health Sicily Kariuki  kicked off the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) pilot registration exercise at Kivaani Health Centre in Machakos County.

Universal Health Coverage is one of the Big Four Agenda of His Excellency the President of Kenya to transform Kenya by 2022. UHC will ensure all Kenyans have access to preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services at minimum financial burden.

Machakos country is one of the four counties of Kisumu, Nyeri and Isiolo identified by the Ministry of Health in the pilot phase. The lessons learnt from phase one shall inform the roll out of UHC to the rest of the Country, the CS noted during the door to door launch, flagged by the Governor of Machakos Alfred Mutua.

 

She urged the members of the public to register for the UHC card which will enable them to access public health services. “Prevention is better than cure. We all have a role to play in improving the access to and quality of health services that leave no one behind,” she emphasized.

 

Over the years, the Government has taken bold steps towards reducing health inequalities. Health Insurance subsidies for poor households have been provided and through the Free Maternity Program dubbed Linda Mama, mothers have been able to access delivery services across the Country.

“Going forward, in the coming month, the President will launch the first phase of the UHC program in four pilot counties, Machakos, Nyeri, Kisumu and Isiolo,” she said.

As part of the UHC Program, investments will be made in the health sector to ensure the provision of quality health services, the CS said.

She pointed out that the attainment of UHC will require the involvement of all stakeholders, state and non-state actors including the public and private sector.

The UHC program will focus on a Primary Health Care Approach and will include scaling up Immunization Services; Maternal and Child Health Services, family planning, antenatal and postnatal care services; Prevention of water borne, vector borne, TB and HIV and sexually transmitted diseases and improving nutrition of women who conceive and follow this through to the first five years of a child’s life.