President William Ruto has announced that every Kenyan will receive health services for free at the Level 1, 2 and 3 hospitals.
“Gharama ya matibabu katika Level 1, 2 and 3 italipiwa na serikali ya Kenya kupitia kwa ile fund ya primary health.
(Medical expenses at Level 1, 2 and 3 will be paid by the government of Kenya through the primary healthcare fund),” Ruto explained.
Management of Local Health Centres
Furthermore, that Kenyans would be involved in management of such health centers to address perennial challenges such as lack of medicines and absence of medics.
“Nyinyi katika kijiji chenu, katika mtaa wenu, nyinyi mtakuwa na kamati ya kushughulikia mambo ya afya katika dispensary yenu.
(You in your village, in your neighborhood, you will have a committee to deal with health issues in your dispensary, your health center),” Ruto added.
Corruption In Hospitals
According to him, this move will help locals raise concern whenever challenges such as lack of medicine arises.
“This will enable Kenyans acquire health services at the nearest point from their homes. As at now, many Kenyans travel long distances because the dispensary near them lacks medicines and workers.”
To address this challenge, every health center will now receive its own capitation from government.
“Pesa ya health facility yenu haitapelekwa kwa facility ingine na haitapelekwa kufanya kazi ingine yoyote.
(Your health facility money will not be sent to another facility and will not be sent to do any other work.)
Locals will be involved in the oversight committee of these funds. Church leaders, politicians, development partners as well as civil societies will also be part of the oversight team.
“This is to make sure there is no more theft of medicines in our hospitals, dispensaries and health centers in general.”