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Kenya: Health CS Pledges to Sustain Ongoing Reforms as he Receives MES Contracts Report

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The government remains committed to transforming decentralized health care in line with the constitutional right of all Kenyans to access the highest level of quality health care.

NAIROBI, Kenya, January 15, 2022/APO Group/ —

The Managed Equipment Service (MES) Contract Review Team is proposing to extend the contract for an additional three years, while also initiating a post-MES planning process to ensure continuation of services.

Speaking while delivering his report to Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, task force chairman George Ooko said removing equipment or transferring it to respective hospitals could backfire.

“These options can lead to rampant equipment breakdowns and extended downtime, negating gains already made. The extension is limited to three years and is primarily for maintenance and servicing of MES equipment as defined in the service requirements and equipment schedules in the contract.” Ooko explained.

In its report, the working group noted that the project had enabled many Kenyans to access health services from MES-supported hospitals over the last 6 years since the inauguration.

Through the program, at least 3,848,162 patients have benefited from X-ray exposures, 1,797,597 from ultrasounds, while another 628,821 patients have benefited from operating room operations.

Their proposals include the provision of additional dialysis equipment to 15 high-volume hospitals to enable them to cope with increased numbers, as well as operating room equipment to optimize operating room services in MES-supported hospitals.

Facilities include; Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital, Nakuru County Referral Hospital, Kakamega County Referral Hospital, Othaya National Referral Hospital, Murang’a County Referral Hospital, Wajir, Mandera County Referral Hospital and Kericho County Referral Hospital. Others are Kitui County Referral Hospital, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referral and Teaching Hospital, Moi Voi County Referral Hospital, Malindi County Referral Hospital, Meru Referral and Teaching Hospital and Vihiga County Referral Hospital.

Speaking during the event, health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the government remains committed to transforming decentralized health care in line with the constitutional right of all Kenyans to access the highest level of quality health care possible.

Under the MES agreement, the equipment manufacturers were subcontracted to supply, install, train users, and provide maintenance, repair, and replacement services for the specialized medical equipment for the duration of the MES contract.

The project, which was initiated by the national government in 2015, is intended to support the return of equitable, accessible, affordable and quality health care with the government by equipping two hospitals in each county and four national referral hospitals with state-of-the-art equipment. outsourced. -Medical equipment. The agreement seeks to provide Kenyans with uninterrupted quality health services, regardless of their location in the country.

The Kenyan government has prioritized health reforms in the recent past as it seeks to close the health care gap through resource mobilization, collaboration, innovation and technology sharing.

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