The government is reconstructing its healthcare system to make it more efficient and effective.
According to President William Ruto, the new system would be less burdensome and more people-centered.
He stated that it will be progressive, responsive, and long-term.
“Kenya’s will be a shining example to the world,” he added.
The President stated that the medical care system will be backed by a robust team of motivated, well-equipped, and well-trained health professionals.
He reiterated that the Government’s objective is for every Kenyan to have access to quality treatment when they need it, without putting a hardship on their finances.
President Ruto made the statements on Friday during the 60th Mashujaa Day festivities at Kericho Green Stadium, renamed Wilson Kiprugut Stadium.
First Lady Rachel Ruto was there, as was Angola’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Tete Antonio, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, his wife Dorcas Rigathi, and Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi.
Other speakers were National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula, Senate Speaker Amason Kingi, Chief Justice Martha Koome, Cabinet Secretaries, Governors, Principal Secretaries, MPs, and MCAs.
The Head of State stated that efforts to establish Universal Health Coverage had been attempted in 2003, 2013, and 2018, with little progress.
“That is why we identified healthcare delivery as one of the core pillars of our Agenda.”
He went on to say that many promises had been made to secure the execution of this magnificent plan.
They include fully-funded primary healthcare, the installation of a digital health management information system, and the establishment of a fund to improve medical facilities.
He stated that every Kenyan will be issued a Social Insurance Fund Card.
This, he continued, will provide Kenyans with access to health care regardless of their income.
“Access to healthcare will no longer be pay-based; it will be informed by the health needs of every Kenyan,” he said.
Kenyans would also receive free medical treatment at Levels I, II, and III hospitals, according to the President.
Kenyans will also have a voice in how these institutions are operated under the proposed changes.
“In your villages, you will have a committee that will participate in their management and ensure that they are equipped.”
He stated that public health institutions will be given financial autonomy to guarantee better use of monies.
Simultaneously, President Ruto stated that the Government’s development strategy was on track.
He noted that significant progress has been made in agriculture, education, housing, and the digital superhighway.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of President of the Republic of Kenya.