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Kenya: Health CS calls for innovative health financing to help address emerging challenges

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Kenya: Health CS calls for innovative health financing to help address emerging challenges

Indeed, our experience with the pandemic has opened our eyes to the fact that a majority of Kenyans are only ill from a financial crisis.

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 24, 2021 / APO Group / –

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe encourages multi-stakeholder and intersectoral partnerships to help catalyze investments and innovations in the health sector in the wake of the corona virus pandemic.

Speaking at the 17th Intergovernmental Health Sector Consultative Forum on Thursday, held virtually, the SC said that innovative health financing that involves the blending or blending of two or more sources to fund a program or one activity has proven to be successful around the world.

“We are now forced to develop new flexibilities and expand mandates to meet the needs of a pandemic. This means that changes in certain health policies that have been evolving for several years as well as the development of new ones will have to be accelerated. To do this will require a paradigm shift in our approach to solving health problems in our country. »Observed the CS.

According to the SC, the most important lesson the country has learned from the pandemic is the need to articulate what matters most and to prioritize investments.

“Indeed, our experience with the pandemic has opened our eyes to the fact that a majority of Kenyans are just one sick of a financial crisis. Now that we are increasingly aware of the unpredictable nature of the disease, it is essential that we accelerate the implementation of UHC to ensure that our people are protected from financial hardship due to medical conditions, ”said the CS.

The Health SC said the national government has prioritized universal health coverage with an emphasis on results financing to ensure sustainable financing.

“Health coverage has become the main objective of the government, being one of the four main items of the agenda, we must guarantee access to essential services necessary for health and well-being through a set explicit essential benefits for beneficiaries of the CSU scheme, ”Kagwe said.

Bringing together the two levels of government to deliberate and find solutions to critical issues affecting the health sector, according to Kagwe, will ensure all Kenyans have access to the highest standard of health as envisioned in the Constitution.

The cabinet secretary praised the counties’ efforts in tackling the corona virus pandemic, saying the health ministry will continue to work closely with decentralized units and partners to mitigate the spread of the disease.

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