Ngilu borrows a leaf from Kibwana
SEE ALSO :Ngilu tells court she saw her friend dieGovernor Charity Ngilu said the launch of K-CHIC will ease the disease burden. “Let us support K-CHIC, not because it is a Ngilu project, but because it is the right thing to do,” she said. Ngilu said according to a 2015 World Bank report on health spending, an average Kitui household makes about Sh37,000 per annum and spends about Sh15,000 on health. This, she said, impoverishies the people. Ngilu said to ensure success of the new programme, her administration has operationalised 262 health facilities and hired 569 health workers, among them 35 doctors. Second pillar “We have engaged Kenya Medical Supplies Agency and Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies to supply us with medicine and non-pharmaceutical products. We have acquired state of the art diagnostic equipment such as lab equipment, X-ray, ultra sound, CT scan and dialysis machines and consumables to support our referral hospitals of Kitui and Mwingi,” she said.
SEE ALSO :Crisis as MCAs tell Ngilu off on fundsThe governor said the insurance scheme fulfills the second pillar of her election manifesto in which she pledged to provide quality healthcare. The programme is also in line with the UHC component of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda. Ngilu said her government would continue to support the medical sector. The insurance cover, she added, would save patients of huge bills that sometimes lead to their detention in public and private hospitals. President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated Ngilu for being a trend setter in the journey to universal healthcare. In a speech read by Health CS Sicily Kariuki, Uhuru said it was worrying that 1.5 million Kenyans were being pushed to the poverty by healthcare expenditures. “Given that health is a devolved function, county governments play a key role in healthcare provision and such a move deserves a pat on the back,” said the President.
SEE ALSO :I would not be cowed by critics- Ngilu“I am utterly disappointed by any Wiper leader from this county standing in the way of people’s development in the name of party affiliations,” he said. Prof Kibwana asked Ngilu to consider partnering with Makueni so that residents of Kitui can access free medicare from Makueni hospitals and vice versa. “This is a historic milestone that many people will come to remember many years even after Ngilu has moved out of office,” he said. Prof Nyong’o said quality and affordable healthcare is a basic right every Kenyan should enjoy.
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