Medics demand bigger role in universal healthcare coverage

Written By: Caroline Kamau

Kenyan health professionals are demanding a bigger stake in the rollout of the universal healthcare coverage in the country.

Speaking during a media briefing, Ouma Oluga the secretary general for the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union said by their mandate, the standards of practice, patient safety and training must vested with the practitioners themselves.

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The doctors have also called on the government through parliament to come up with a central body that addresses among others human resource in the health sector.

Medics in the country have hailed President Uhuru Kenyatta for making Universal health coverage as one of its 4 main pillars of focus in the next five years.

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Through their associations the doctors have pledged their support towards the attainment of universal quality access to health as envisioned by government.

The doctors are however demanding consideration as key custodians of standards in the health sector.

The Health professionals are also calling for strict measures that will make Universal Health coverage a reality, for instance, rigorous reforms in the health insurance, commodities and systems that deliver health services to Kenyans.

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One of the main reasons that sent them to the streets was agitation for better staffing and improved working conditions.

The practitioners are calling on both the county and national government to absorb more graduates to fill the gap.

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