Patients flock to public hospitals for free services
Recorded upsurgeHealth Executive Ancent Kituku said about 1.2 million residents have signed up for the UHC programme, adding that nearly half of them had used their UHC cards to access services in public health facilities. “We have recorded a significant upsurge in hospital visits by residents, which is directly attributed to the free health care plan under UHC. We have recorded a 40 per cent increase in the number of patients visiting hospitals compared to the same period last year. “The health department through Governor Alfred Mutua’s leadership has equipped all public health facilities with drugs, equipment and health personnel to cope with the increasing demands for services,” said Dr Kituku. The health boss also lauded the role being played by health volunteers deployed to community health units. “Their role is in health promotion and disease prevention intervention. They also refer patients from the community to level two facilities,” he said. The executive said that to improve the quality of services, diagnosis and clinical management of various cases, the department of health and emergency services had designed an elaborate patient referral system to avoid overcrowding in level four and five facilities. Last week, Dr Mutua opened 10 new community hospitals that were upgraded from health centres to accommodate mini-theatres, female and male wards, X-ray services, maternity as well as cancer screening services, among others. “Our target is to have a community hospital in each ward to reduce the distance residents travel to seek critical healthcare in level four hospitals,” Mutua said. The governor promised that more health professionals would be employed to ensure all health centres have a medical officer who can perform minor surgeries and also offer better quality treatment.
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