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LAUNCH OF THE UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE PILOT

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“Today marks Kenya’s commitment to the actualization of SDG 3 on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all. Kenya joins the rest of the world in aligning with primary healthcare approach.”- H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta
His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of the Republic of Kenya, officiated the pilot programme for the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) on 13th December 2018 in Kisumu County. The County becomes one of the pilot Counties that will roll out the programme, the other Counties being; Isiolo, Nyeri and Machakos. The auspicious event was well attended by officials from both levels of Government including the Vice President, Governors, Deputy Governors, Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Development partners, health stakeholders and members of the public.
“Today marks Kenya’s commitment to the actualization of SDG 3 on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all. Kenya joins the rest of the world in aligning with primary healthcare approach.” said Uhuru Kenyatta. He pointed out that the access to primary healthcare can address over 80% of persons health needs throughout their life cycle focusing on preventive care and promotive health interventions and that we must endeavor to build resilient and responsive health systems that guarantee equitable access to health for all.
In recognition of the role health plays in the development and prosperity of the nation, affordable healthcare through Universal Health Coverage is among the Big 4 Agenda action points for H.E Uhuru Kenyatta in his second term. In this first phase, the implementation of the Universal Health Coverage is being piloted in 4 counties, as the rest of the Counties embark on other initiatives and models in preparation for scale up and attainment of Universal Health Coverage in the entire Country.
Also, speaking during the launch, H.E Josphat Nanok the Chairman of the Council, noted that County Governments were committed to fulfilling the requirements provided for in the Constitution that guarantees all citizens the right of access to quality healthcare, including Reproductive Health and Emergency Treatment. “We carry a very big responsibility for the attainment of this due to the fact that Health Care is devolved to a great extent.” he said.
Essentially, Universal Health coverage is an integral part of the country’s efforts to attain the desired status of health as elaborated in Kenya Health Policy. It will ensure that Kenyans receive quality, promotive, preventive, and curative and rehabilitation health services without suffering financial hardship.
The objective of the UHC in Kenya Include; Ensuring that Kenyans have access to an explicit unified progressive Health benefit package; Expansion of the population under Universal Health Insurance coverage; Increasing the availability and coverage of quality essential interventions; Ensuring financial risk protection for Kenyans and with a special focus for the poor and the vulnerable groups; and Ensuring adequacy of Health resources for delivery of health services, among others.

The Council, supports collaboration, cooperation and consultation for the delivery of quality, affordable and accessible Health care to our citizens.

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