May 16, 2022

CS Kagwe mourns the late Kibaki

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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe Tuesday led the Ministry of Health fraternity in mourning the death of the third President Emilio Mwai Kibaki who passed away on 22nd April 2022.
Speaking during the signing of the condolence book at Afya House Ground floor, the CS eulogized Kibaki as a selfless leader who accomplished much for his country.
“Many who worked with him here, majority of whom have of course retired, and those of us who met him during his presidency knew him as a selfless leader who fully dedicated himself to the people’s wellbeing,” said Kagwe.

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The CS acknowledged the role the late retired President played in laying the foundation for the achievement of the Universal Health Coverage in the country through advocating for the first approval of GOK funds in parliament to support and enhance Primary Health Care.
“Today, we reap the benefits of this as we work towards achieving UHC with Primary Healthcare as the cornerstone of UHC. PHC is now more crucial than ever before to tackle the double burden of disease and laying a foundation for sustainable health programs,” said the CS.
Kibaki served as Minister for Health between 1988 and 1991 when he introduced the Health Sector Reforms Secretariat at the Ministry of Health Headquarters. It is this secretariat that introduced the cost-sharing program where funds realized by a Health facility would be reused to purchase essential Commodities and 50% of it sent to the treasury.
The main objective of the policy was to encourage increased cost recovery from users of public health facilities to generate additional revenue and augment the financing of the underfunded nonwage recurrent expenditure items, reduce excessive use of services, improve the functioning of referral systems and improve access and quality of care by the poor to health services.
The rationale was to charge those who made most use of the curative care and those most able to pay and channel the subsidies to those least able to pay. The programme was part of a comprehensive health financing strategy which also included social insurance, efficiency measures, and private sector development.

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