Uhuru set to roll out UHC in 47 counties

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President Uhuru Kenyatta during a lunch at State House, Nairobi. [PSCU]

President Uhuru Kenyatta will launch Universal Health Coverage (UHC) today, which is expected to increase access to health services in the country.

The President will also chair the International Conference on Curriculum Harmonization and Training of Health Professionals at a separate venue in Mombasa.

Speaking at the Port Reitz Hospital where the UHC launch will take place, Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe said the UHC program championed by the national government was finally ready for rollout in the 47 counties.

Kagwe, who was with Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata, said the government would scale up UHC based on experiences from the pilot phase of the program in four counties.

“Implementing universal health coverage as one of the Big Four agendas will ensure, in the long term, that all individuals and communities have access to quality essential health services without suffering financial hardship. Kagwe said.

Preparations were at the top of the program training venue yesterday with around 1,000 healthcare professionals from around the world registered for the conference to discuss a program that would meet the challenges faced during the Covid-19 pandemic. 19 such as the use of telemedicine.

UHC is one of four major strategic pillars that will see major political and administrative reforms in the medical sector, to ensure access to quality and affordable medical coverage by 2022.

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