14 November 2018 … The Ministry of Health will use Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) to assist in the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) registration.
The Ministry is working with the NHIF to identify CHVs who will be trained to implement the national health programme.
Speaking during the rollout of UHC registration in Isiolo County, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health, Sicily Kariuki said CHVs will collect vital data which will be used to forecast medical needs of each county.
She said as part of the UHC Program, investments will be made in the health sector to ensure the provision of quality health services.
“Universal Health Coverage will address our National challenges and will go a long way in achieving the core principle of the Vision 2030 Agenda, that is, the realisation of a society where ‘no one is left behind’,” said Kariuki.
Isiolo County Governor Mohamed Abdi said the County will seek to recruit 1,000 CHVs to be distributed across the county to support UHC.
“We want to focus on primary health care to reduce the unacceptably high rate of maternal and birth deaths in the county,” said Abdi.
under UHC, the Government Universal Health Coverage program, intends to address and reduce the 1 million Kenyans who are at risk of being pushed below the poverty line every year, as a result of healthcare expenses.
Over the years the Government has taken bold steps towards reducing health inequalities.
In the coming month, the President will launch the first phase of the UHC program in four pilot counties; (Machakos, Nyeri, Kisumu and Isiolo.
The Government will continue to prioritise investments in the health sector while all County Governments will continue to strengthen the delivery of health services through continuous and sustained investments in the delivery of Primary Health Care Services.