Health sector to benefit in deals with UK agencies

Health services are expected to improve following agreements Kisii Governor James Ongwae (pictured) has signed with several United Kingdom institutions.

As part of the deals, the country will set up an institution called "Kenya-UK Health Alliance" that will provide a framework through which the Government can access funding from UK-based health institutions while collaborating with them to improve services.

Mr Ongwae said his efforts were in support of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s healthcare agenda and hoped international investors would set up shops in Kenya to boost healthcare following the MoUs he had signed. In a statement, Ongwae, who is still in the UK, said he was seeking more partnerships to support the health sector.

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He is on official visit to the UK following an invitation by Health Education England, AMREF and the University of Manchester.

The governor said he had requested several institutions in the UK to support Kenya to deliver the President’s agenda on the healthcare.

Ongwae has met Lord Nigel Crisp of the House of Lords, who chairs Global Health. “Similar arrangements have been concluded with 21 countries worldwide, with considerable success. By entering into such arrangements, Kenya could actually be considered to host the East Africa-UK Health Summit in 2021, while improving the health of her people,” said Ongwae.

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A similar arrangement has seen Uganda receive support for eradication of malaria and building of a major hospital in Gulu. There is also an exchange programme that has seen more than 500 doctors from UK work in Uganda. 

Ongwae also met Barbara Stilwell, the executive director of Nursing Now Global Campaign, a programme that helps train nurses.

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