NAIROBI, The World Health Organization (WHO) has pledged its full support for the delivery of universal healthcare for all Kenyans within the next five years, one of the key elements of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Action Plan.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pledged the organization’s full support for the Big Four plan when he paid a courtesy call on President Kenyatta at State House Nairobi Wednesday.
The other pillars of President Kenyatta’s Big Four Action Plan are increasing access to affordable housing, ensuring food and nutritional security as well as creating jobs for young people by expanding the manufacturing sector.
Dr. Tedros, who is on his first official visit to the country in his capacity as the Director-General of the global health agency, said the organization was ready to partner with the Government to enhance provision of healthcare as well as strengthen the country’s position as a regional hub in health services.
I am looking forward to partner with you to improve health not only in Kenya but also in the region, said Dr. Tedros, who pledged to work with the Government to bring health experts to assist in the development of a model which will be efficient and effective in the provision of universal healthcare to Kenyans.
President Kenyatta welcomed the WHO’s support, especially on boosting healthcare delivery for all Kenyans. The Head of State said he had laid down the plan and was set to implement it to ensure Kenyans had access to improved and affordable healthcare services.
We have a relatively young population in Kenya and I see no reason why we cannot achieve our health targets, President Kenyatta said.
But it is not just about access neither is it about infrastructure or management of the health systems. We are looking at ensuring that it is affordable and efficient, otherwise it will collapse. I am keen to develop a health model that will be acceptable to the devolved units, a model that will guarantee our people better services, President Kenyatta said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK