REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Health CS assures Kenyans suspension of US Aid will not affect life saving health services  

 

Nairobi, Kenya, May 9, 2017 – Kenyans have been assured of continued supply of medical supplies during the period of the United States Government suspension of direct assistance to the Ministry of Health.

“Procurement of life saving commodities such as ARVs, HIV test kits, Nutritional supplements, family planning products and lifesaving equipment have not been affected by the suspension, which the Ministry expects to be temporary,”  said the Health Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Cleopa Mailu in a Press Statement on Thursday.

The CS said the suspension only affects programme administrative support and does not health service delivery to Kenyans.  “We assure Kenyans that stock-outs and non-availability of medical supplies will not be experienced,” said Dr. Mailu.

The CS revealed that the ministry is addressing matters raised in the internal audit investigations following the Quality Assurance audit by the National Treasury adding that other autonomous institutions of the Government such as he Kenya National Audit Office and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission are also undertaking independent investigations whose outcomes will inform further action.

“Development Partners including the US Government recognize that investigations by these institutions are outside the purview of the Ministry of Health,” he noted.

Dr. Mailu said the Ministry is in constant engagement with Development partners to keep them abreast of the developments and has shared with the National Treasury the measures undertaken to strengthen financial management systems and address internal control weaknesses.

The measures have been discussed and agreed in consultative meetings with the Development Partners and most of them have been implemented, he argued.

The Ministry he added values partnerships with Development Partners and remains committed to strengthening these collaborations which are crucial for delivery of the highest attainable standards of health to all Kenyans.

“We want to assure our Development Partners and Kenyans, of the Ministry’s commitment to prudent financial management and accountability of the resources put under the Ministry’s stewardship. The Ministry shall continue to engage the US Government to address their concerns with a view of lifting the suspension,” he assured.