The 3rd national UHC conference Kisumu aimed at reviewing and taking stock of implementation, innovation and thought of the 4 UHC Pilot and the Non pilot counties, with the ultimate goal of optimally improving the health, lives and livelihoods of people.
Participants drawn from all over the 47 counties convened to discuss the UHC status in Kisumu County in comparison to other Counties and global best practices to arrive at the idea mode of defining and implementing UHC.
Leaders present at the conference challenged the health sector of corruption which they said is a leading impediment in the implementation of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the country.
While addressing the press, Governors, Dr. Mohammed Kuti of Isiolo, Dr. Alfred Mutua of Machakos, H.E Mutahi Kahiga of Nyeri and deputy governors, Caroline Wanjiru Karugu of Nyeri County and Dr. Mathew Owili of Kisumu reiterated the need for medical equipment’s and flow funds to the counties.
In his address, Governor Dr. Kuti emphasised the need to strengthen health facilities stating that laboratories in various facilities have been neglected.
Governor Mutai Kahiga re-emphasised the need to stamp out corruption in the health sector as his counterpart Dr. Alfred Mutua stating that there is need to safeguard gains in UHC adding that the success of UHC can be achieved through a multi-sectoral approach.
The 3 days’ conference was attended by representatives of the senate and Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o who joined the participants on day three.
Governor Nyong’o called on the need for continuous education of the medical officers saying that community health workers should be given opportunity for continuous learning to improve on their skills. The governor also proposed the need to have a commission that will look into health issues in the country.
In his remarks, Senator, Mutala Kilonzo Jnr, strongly pointed out that it is important to have world where human beings become first “we don’t have to choose between food and healthcare” Said Senator Mutula.
The senators condemned the current Medical equipment’s scheme, which according to Senator Alfred Outa and his counterpart, nominated senator for Kakamega County Naomi Shiyonga said is a curse rather than a blessing to the counties.
The conference brought out lessons that will be used to design or redesign the optimal path for the delivery of UHC in Kenya.
By Matilda Atieno