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MEETING BETWEEN GOVERNORS AND THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH ON HEALTH ISSUES

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Excellency Governors and Ministry of Health officials held a consultative meeting on 9th April in Naivasha to discuss health issues including Universal Health Coverage (UHC), NHIF and KEMSA reforms among others. The meeting was chaired by b the vice chair of the health Committee H.E Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o and the Ministry of Health’s Chief Administrative Secretary, Dr. Rashid Aman.
The meeting reviewed the Universal Health Coverage in the pilot counties of Kisumu, Isiolo, Nyeri and Machakos being the pilot counties. The ministry also had the opportunity to share the successes in the implementation of UHC which includes increased number of patients seeking health care and adequate supply of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical in the counties. Some of the challenges identified in the pilot counties were delays in transfer of funds from the CARA to the SPA following disbursements in to the CARA outside the budget of FY 2018/2019, inadequate human resources for health to match the increased demand for health services following the launch of the pilots among others. As a result, the following were proposed as ways of strengthening health systems. Progressive recruitment of frontline health workers by counties e.g. nurses and other health workers, additional resources for the new approach to service delivery to be availed to Counties in a timely manner, resource allocation for each county and not a replacement of user fees, additional resources for service delivery in the counties, strengthening inter-sectoral collaboration, and building capacities of health workers generally..
It was observed that the NHIF has over the years been mandated to provide health insurance to Kenyans. However, several challenges were noted to bedevil its operations thus hindering its optimal functioning. Accordingly, the Cabinet Secretary for Health commissioned a task force to spearhead reforms in the NHIF with the aim of addressing the long standing challenges that Kenyans and County Governments are facing in service delivery.
It was further agreed that KEMSA equally needed substantial reforms to be able to undertake its functions of procurement and supply of medicines to Counties even as plans to scale up UHC after the pilot period. It was noted that the rest of the 43 Counties not in pilot continue to suffer commodity stock outs and low refill rates from KEMSA with the excuse that the authority was making supplies to the Pilot Counties.
The meeting was adjourned with an agreement that both County Governments and the National Government constructively deliver health services to Kenyans.

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