REPUBLIC OF KENYA

National Govt. Managed Equipment and Free Maternity Service transform Kenyan’s life

 

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 11, 2017 – Government reform initiatives such as Managed Equipment Services, Free Maternity Services, abolition of user fees at primary level facilities, and Health Insurance Subsidy for the Poor, elderly and people with severe disabilities and improved NHIF cover have immensely contributed improved access to health care in Kenya.

In addition, opening of new health facilities and recruitment of additional health workers has also led to improved quality of care to the citizenry, said the Health Cabinet, Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu during the opening of the health sector inter-governmental consultative forum on Wednesday.

The CS said the National Government led projects have reduced disparities in healthcare which, he also acknowledged still exists. “Despite improvements in the overall health services, there are still disparities because communities living in hard to reach areas and informal settlements still experience high rates of morbidity and mortality,” noted Dr. Mailu. He added the disparities occur in the context of broader inequalities including issues of health systems, providers, patients and health managers, he added.

“Our work has not been without challenges key among them being industrial unrest, difficulties in ring fencing health sector funds in the counties, declining health indicators and delayed settlement of KEMSA invoices for commodities supplied to counties,” Dr. Mailu said.

The CS who was represented by the Principal Secretary, Mr. Julius Korir, said the Ministry will strengthen partnerships and coordination structures to maintain the harmony necessary for seamless functioning of the health sector.

“Public health emergencies such as infectious diseases, bioterrorism, or natural disasters require a coordinated response at the local, national, and international levels. We have had our successes and had opportunities to learn in anticipating, preparing and responding to such emergencies,” he argued.

The Health Sector inter-governmental forum aims to serve and build on the progress towards a greater Kenya through the contribution of the health sector.