Four counties from North Rift region have entered into a partnership with the national government geared towards realisation of Universal Health Care (UHC).
Governors representing counties signed the agreements with the Ministry of Health in Nairobi on Thursday, a year after the pilot programmes were launched in four counties.
Governors who signed the Intergovernmental Partnership Agreement(IPA) with outgoing Health Ministry Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki were Stephen Sang (Nandi), Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), Prof John Lonyangapuo (West Pokot) and Stanley Kiptis (Baringo).
The chairman of the North Rift Economic Bloc and Uasin gishu Governor Jackson Mandago said they will support the National Government through the Ministry of Health to ensure the public have access to affordable health care services at grassroot level.
“The IPA gives us quick appraisal to roll out UHC within two to three years,’ Mandago added.
Nandi Governor Stephen Sang also urged the Ministry of Health to ensure NHIF gives priority to public facilities as opposed to the current status which favours private facilities.
President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the UHC pilot programme on December 13, 2018
World Health Organisation defines universal health care as access to quality preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitation and palliative health services regardless of their ability to pay.
Mrs Kariuki lauded the governors for supporting the Health Ministry in its efforts towards rolling out UHC countrywide.
Also present during the signing were Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa, CAS Health Dr. Rashid Amala and Dr. Mercy Mwangangi.