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Kenya: Health CS Mutahi Kagwe confirms government commitment to support primary health care

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Kenya: Health CS Mutahi Kagwe confirms government commitment to support primary health care

The continued expansion of hospitals and health centers across the country aims to promote equitable and quality health care

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 28, 2021 / APO Group / –

Cabinet Secretary of Health Mutahi Kagwe said the government remains committed to its quest to ensure that the delivery of health services meets the needs of the respective communities.

Speaking at the Kigumo Sub-County Hospital in Murang’a County during the laying of the foundation stone for new facilities, the Health CS said the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic presented a new dynamic that demands well-functioning health systems.

“The continued expansion of hospitals and health centers across the country aims to promote equitable and quality health care by enabling them to improve the health care they provide,” observed the SC.

Kagwe said it was gratifying to witness the expansion of hospitals across the country, saying that improving access to health care contributes to better health outcomes and increases people’s productivity, which leads to economic growth. He said universal health coverage under President’s Big 4 agenda will go a long way in ensuring that citizens, regardless of their social status, can access quality health services.

“Our President, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta has always attached great importance to the development of public health in Kenya, which is why he personally pledged to ensure that this hospital is expanded. Observed CS health.

He praised the Murang’a County government for its innovative concept which involves the deployment of motorcycles to collect tuberculosis samples for transmission to the main laboratory located at Murang’a level 5 hospital, saying that ‘it has eased the burden on those seeking such services.

“As a national government, we are determined to support efforts to improve health services in the counties. It is indeed just this concern that has seen the county of Nairobi acquire more than twenty-five new facilities, thus relieving the pressure on the referral hospitals of Kenyatta and others, in addition to bringing the services closer to the population ”. said Kagwe.

This even as he has challenged those who run health facilities to consider integrating telehealth technologies into their operations to ensure more people have access to quality health care.

“While the expansion of physical facilities is important, it is equally good to adopt telehealth technologies to ensure that even from the comfort of their homes, patients can access health services. For people with chronic illnesses, we can use the same technology for follow-ups. »Said the CS.

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