President William Ruto discusses Kenya’s UHC with WHO boss Tedros Adhanom
President William Ruto on Thursday met with World Health Organisation Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus IN New York, United States.
The two leaders discussed Kenya’s Universal Healthcare Coverage adoption and the. WHO boss reiterated the Organisation’s commitment to the course.
On his part, Ruto said, “Kenya’s partnership with the World Health Organisation will ensure that we secure the health and well-being of all Kenyans through universal healthcare.”
Universal health coverage (UHC) is the access to safe, effective, quality essential health care services, including affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all without going into poverty.
In Kenya, it was launched in 2021 as part of Former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda with an aspiration that by 2022, all persons will be able to use the essential services they need for their health and wellbeing through a single unified benefit package, without the risk of financial catastrophe.
There have been deliberate efforts to increase access and demand for healthcare services.
Among the challenges that has affected implementation include inadequate dissemination and enforcement of the implementation of various guidelines as well as inadequate focus on implementation of the community strategy in particular for example, issues like sanitation, school health, nutrition, water and general hygiene receive hardly any attention by county managers.