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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 11:42

IMPROVING HEALTH SERVICES IN THE COUNTIES

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County Executive Committee Members in charge of health held their monthly coordination meeting on 30th and 31st July 2018 in Naivasha with CECs in charge of Health from the 47 counties, representatives from NHIF, Ministry of Health, KEMSA and UNICEF in attendance.
The agenda of the meeting was to sensitize the CECs on NHIF operations, get feedback from the counties, update the counties on the UHC Program and the Health Benefits Package, orientation on the Kenya Health Sector Strategy 2019-2013 and partnership framework, draft MoU between Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) and Governments to discuss matters on Human Resources for health in counties.
The Health Benefits package advisory panel continues to develop what can be describes and the minimum package to every Kenyan even as we move towards Universal Health Coverage. The panel at this point is moving to engage with county assemblies in order to increase awareness on UHC agenda and ownership by county assemblies and enactment of county laws and allocation of adequate funding for health. However, there is need for public education to Kenyans on UHC agenda and how they will benefit. Adequate legislation must also be enacted or amended to support the UHC agenda.
Health is one of the fully devolved functions and for Universal Health Coverage to work effectively, County Governments must align their systems and structures towards its implementation. In agreement to this, the Council of Governors and counties will engage more in strengthening county systems for better management of NHIF facilities that is key towards achievement of UHC.
NHIF us currently tasked with educating the public on their products and services for the benefit of Kenyans and will work closely with County departments of health to educate Kenyans at the grassroots. Currently, NHIF is strengthening their systems to be more responsive to claim reimbursements e.g. capacity building of staff at facilities, speed up processes of reimbursements, issuance and effectiveness of cards after registration and County departments of health should do systems and processes analysis to identify gaps for strengthening in preparing quality assurance, adequate documentation for submission of claims for reimbursements.
The CEC’S were on also taken through the Kenya Health Sector Strategy 2019-2023, partnership framework, Community Health Policy where CECs were requested to give their feedback and Draft MOU between Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and County Governments as well as engage with KEMSA on issues of medical supplies.

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