survey
Today's Paper
You are here  » Home   » Health

Universal health care plan rolls out next month

By Graham Kajilwa | Published Sat, July 14th 2018 at 00:00, Updated July 13th 2018 at 23:57 GMT +3
Stethoscope

In summary

  • Sh3.2 million to benefit in first phase of UHC roll out

At least 3.2 million Kenyans in four counties will be the first beneficiaries of a new health package being developed by the Government.

The health benefit package, under the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) programme is expected to be ready by early next month, and will probably contain a review of the current programmes being accessed by Kenyans. This new package is in line with a Gazette notice dated June 8 by Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki that unveiled a 17-member panel mandated to come up with the new package in 60 days.

The panel is chaired Prof Gilbert Kokwaro, who said all Kenyans should have access to the new package before 2022.

The 3.2 million beneficiaries will come from Kisumu, Isiolo, Nyeri and Machakos counties.

Kariuki said the decision to pilot the programme in these counties was evidence-based on disease burden in the areas.

For Kisumu, it is because it leads in the high number of infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, while Machakos hospital visits are mostly because of accidents and injuries. Nyeri is leading in cases of non-communicable diseases, especially diabetes, and Isiolo is meant to see how the package will work among the nomadic population, said the CS.

“Piloting the package in a controlled population ensures less chances of failure and we can minimise the risks when the programme will later be scaled up to the whole population,” she said.

Avoid fake news! Subscribe to the Standard SMS service and receive factual, verified breaking news as it happens. Text the word 'NEWS' to 22840

Kariuki said Kenya is bench-marking with countries such as Ethiopia and Rwanda where UHC has worked.

“UHC has to work. We have seen increased political commitment. We do not desire for Kenyans to be forced to sell assets in order to pay their medical bills,” said the CS.  


Would you like to get published on Standard Media websites? You can now email us breaking news, story ideas, human interest articles or interesting videos on: [email protected]

RECOMMENDED