BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,27TH MAY,2021-The President noted that a majority of Kenyans are unable to afford quality health services, saying UHC will only be achieved through the rollout of a comprehensive mass health insurance scheme.
On Covid-19, the President, who spoke during this year’s National Prayer Breakfast at Parliament Buildings, said the pandemic was a wake-up call on Kenyans to continue pulling together in search of solutions to challenges facing the country.
“Today the only message I have for the leadership of both the Senate and the National Assembly is that there are proposals before you that will ensure that every Kenyan is able to have access to health insurance because health insurance is the basis of us being able to offer universal healthcare.
“Please expedite this piece of legislation that will allow us to ensure that our people are properly catered for, not just during times of the pandemic,” President Kenyatta said.
The President commended the keynote speaker at the annual ecumenical service Peter Waiyaki for his message of hope and called on Kenyans to always practice what is right.
“This is where we are all meant to be now after we have been confronted by the Covid-19 pandemic, a sign that we need to work together and keep spreading the message of hope,” the President said.
Several national leaders among them former Vice Presidents Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi attended this year’s service whose theme was, “A hopeful Future”.
Deputy President Dr. William Ruto, who also spoke at the event, said the National Prayer Breakfast was a call for leaders and the entire country to turn to God, and reason together after rising from the health crisis of a magnitude and severity never witnessed in the last 100 years.
“Much has happened but as things stand today, there has been a stop to all political activities, and this is a sign that we need to listen to our religious leaders. Maybe this is a sign of God telling us to ‘come, let us reason together,” DP Ruto said.