UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE DOMINATES TALKS AT THE DEVOLUTION CONFERENCE
The 5th Annual Devolution Conference under the theme of ‘Sustainable, productive, effective and efficient governments for results delivery’ sought among other things on building synergies among the two levels of Governments in fast-tracking processes and making sound investment priorities towards the realization of Governments Development Agenda espoused under the Big 4 Action Plan namely, Food security, Manufacturing, Housing and Affordable Health Care.
The conference provided an opportunity for stakeholders in the Health Sector to deliberate on issues affecting Health Service delivery and modalities for the implementation of Universal Health Care. Devolved units have greatly helped in health service delivery and transforming lives. The realization of Universal Health Care, not only on the two levels of Governments but also on other stakeholders in the Health Sector.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, while addressing delegates at the conference noted that despite facing numerous challenges, devolution has transformed lives of the people. Singling out Health Sector, the Head of State said that County Governments have expanded health care provision through construction of new health facilities and devised innovative ways for affordable health care services complimenting efforts towards attaining Universal Health Care. ‘There’s no doubt that devolved governments are finding their feet and transforming the lives of communities they serve for better. Today, Makueni has made good progress in rolling out its version of subsidized healthcare provision and in food processing too. Mandera Child Mortality has halved due to the County’s Investment in medical facilities and Kapenguria now has its first Medical Training College.’ Said President Uhuru Kenyatta.
NACC C.E.O Dr. Nduku Kilonzo a panelist in a Health Sector Session.
Good quality and affordable healthcare requires an enabling environment to thrive. Stakeholders in a panel discussion on critical enablers for optimizing healthcare performance sought to review the current legal and policy framework for the delivery of health services. National AIDS Control Council C.E.O Dr.Nduku Kilonzo a panelist in the afore-mentioned session said coordination of the HIV response has helped in harnessing resources in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the country. This she said has been critical in providing good quality data for policy decision making and planning purposes. ‘Our role as a State Agency in policy making and coordination of the HIV response has enabled generation of important data for policy decision making processes and planning. As we strive to attain Universal Health Care we require good data for planning and smooth implementation.’ Said Dr. Kilonzo. She also urged partners to ensure prudent utilization of resources meant to support HIV programmes.
Kisumu County Governor Prof. Anyang Nyong’o on the other hand called for re-examination of the health sector systems in order to tackle inefficiencies. ‘We need to re-look at the Health sector in its entirety to establish bottlenecks hampering service delivery. Universal Health Care requires motivated basic health service providers and expanded Health Insurance Fund. Said Prof. Nyong’o who is also the Chairman of the Council of Governors Health Committee.
NACC exhibits at the Devolution Conference.
In our efforts to reach different publics with HIV and AIDS information, The National AIDS Control Council exhibited at the Annual Governors meeting. Showcasing HIV Situation room- an innovative and interactive dashboard that facilitates tracking of key HIV and Health indicators at country, county, sub county and facility level to support decision making. Besides, in collaboration with partners HIV Testing HIV and Counselling Services were offered during the entire period of the conference at strategic places. Information, Education and Communication materials including county specific policy booklets and HIV and AIDS data rich documents were distributed to different stakeholders making the Councils booth a truly one stop shop for HIV and AIDS information in a conference attended by close to 5,000 delegates. Condoms were equally distributed during the conference as we step up efforts for promotion of condom uptake to prevent new HIV infections.