Embrace medical services at public hospitals: CS Kariuki

Embrace medical services at public hospitals: CS Kariuki

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has called on Kenyans to embrace medical services at public hospitals to benefit from the universal health coverage.

Speaking on Tuesday, CS Kariuki said the pilot phase of the programme in four counties: Machakos, Kisumu, Isiolo and Nyeri, has seen residents access free medical services.

“The ministry plans to roll out the programme to the rest of the country after six to 12 months at a cost of Ksh.3.9billion,” she said on Citizen TV’s Daybreak show.

The CS said the programme will cater for Kenyans who can afford to pay as well as those who are not able to.

A legal framework will see the UHC contributions shoulder all Kenyans irrespective of economic wellbeing, she added.

According to CS Kariuki, the pilot phase in the four counties was brought about after the ministry realised there were gaps in service delivery.

She further noted that there would have been challenges if the UHC program was rolled out to all the 47 counties at once.

This was after talks with governors and other stakeholders in the counties, the Health CS added.

In regards to health service delivery being a county function, CS Kariuki said the national government is only acting as a policy guide and overseeing institutional reform to ensure success of the program.

She addressed the challenge of shortage of health workers in the counties and devolution of resources such as drugs saying:

“We are working on that….coming up with a projection of needs and requirements and in the coming months we will train health workers and speed up the numbers as we move forward.”

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