BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,2ND JAN,2022-The Government has released Ksh 6 billion to cover 1.2 million households in its commitment to ensure that all Kenyans can access quality medicare as provided for in the Big 4 Agenda and in line with Vision 2030.
To this end, President Uhuru Kenyatta will launch a Universal Health Care (UHC) upscale program with the aim to push UHC registration to the next level, and to ensure that the most vulnerable are cushioned.
During a briefing session on the country, Government Spokesperson, Col. (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna said the program does provide an opportunity for members of the society to register en masse adding that health is an aspect of development.
Oguna in addition gave a brief on the Nurses English Training Program launched by the Ministry of Health to train and prepare nurses for deployment in the UK market.
The training is to last six weeks and targets 300 nurses.
Kenya is also set to host the first ever Healthcare workers Curriculum Conference which will be will be held from 7th -9th February, 2022.
99 countries have since confirmed participation, with speakers from across the world.
On Kenya’s Vaccination Program, Oguna said the progress has continued to gather pace, and that in the last 24 hours the country has recorded the highest number of individuals being vaccinated at 198,672, and the total number of those who got fully vaccinated is at 113,698 over the same period.
“Such impressive numbers will aid us to reach our national target of fully vaccinating 19 million (70% of adult population) by June 2022. This translates to an impressive figure of 3 million vaccines being administered every month,” he said.
Oguna also noted that the Cabinet Secretaries, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and the Ministry of Health, will launch a nationwide accelerated vaccination campaign drive on Thursday, 3rd February 2022.
The launch will be in Nairobi, but the campaign will be for the whole country.
“This is to encourage more people to get the vaccine because vaccines work,” he added.
Oguna concluded by urging those who are yet to get vaccinated to do so encouraging people to take advantage of the drive to get the jab.