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Stakeholdes deliberate on rolling out Universal Healthcare

The department of Health in Trans Nzoia today held a consultative meeting with stakeholders to deliberate on how universal healthcare (UHC) will be rolled out in the county to ensure all residents have access to quality and affordable health services.

With the help of consultants, the department is also set to be reorganized as a way of enhancing efficiency in service delivery.

The meeting also sought to help cascade down one of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s big four agenda on access to quality and affordable healthcare through provision of effecient and effective health services.

Speaking during the meeting, governor Patrick Khaemba who was the chief guest regretted to announce that the county budget had to be revised downwards by almost Sh 400 million citing failure by the National assembly and the senate to agree on what was earlier budgeted for.

Khaemba said he was aware of the challenges experienced in the health sector in the county and cited it to be the reason he engaged a consultant to help streamline for the department to efficiently utilize available resources to provide better health services.

He urged health workers and the health management committee to engage more with the consultant by giving views and possible solutions on how the department can run efficiently.

The consultant submitted an interim report on its findings about what is on the ground and is determined to help come up with solutions to challenges the department is crumbling with.

Deputy governor Dr. Stanley Tarus on the other hand urged members of the public to join NHIF so as to benefit from UHC program.

He further challenged the consultant to give a proper report and see how the department can plan and ensure the program runs well.

Health CECM Clare Wanyama said the department will come up with a committee that will ensure UHC runs smoothly.

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