Health docket reaps big with Ksh121B budget allocation

Written By: Margaret Kalekye

Ksh14.3B has been earmarked for purchase of Covid-19 vaccines

The health ministry was among key sectors that reaped big with the allocation of Ksh 121.1 billion in the 2021/22 fiscal year.

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While reading the budget statement in Parliament on Thursday, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani announced an additional Ksh9B up from Ksh111.7B allocated in the last financial year.

The CS said the monies will go towards strengthening various health programmes including upscaling the implementation of Universal Health Care in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The outbreak and rapid spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic necessitated an urgent need to upscale implementation of Universal Health Coverage to all our counties”, the CS told the house.

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Of the budget, 47.7B will finance the UHC programme, Ksh8.7B will go towards Covid-19 emergency response kitty, Ksh4.1 will cater for free maternal healthcare, while Ksh1.8 billion will go towards providing medical cover for the elderly and disabled and Ksh 7.2 billion for the managed equipment services.

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Another Ksh3.9B has been allocated to enhance vaccines and immunization programmes.

The Covid-19 vaccination rollout also got a boost following the allocation of an additional Ksh14.3 billion for the purchase of the jabs and other related expenditures.

The Ministry of Health has stepped up the exercise to ensure the country achieves herd immunity.

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The ministry got a reprieve after the CS announced that the hiring of additional health workers to mitigate the Covid-19 crisis will be under the economic stimulus programme. Ksh 1.2B will be used for recruitment from the stimulus kitty that was allocated Ksh23.1B budget.

Health service delivery

To lower cases of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and tuberculosis in the country, Ksh
5.8 billion has been set aside for various interventions.

To reduce the cancer burden, the government has proposed an allocation of Ksh 450 million for procurement of CyberKnife Radiotherapy Equipment for Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital.

A further Ksh 350 million has been set aside for the establishment of two cancer centres in Meru and Kakamega.

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To improve health service delivery, Ksh 15.2 billion has been set aside for the Kenyatta National Hospital; Ksh11.5 billion for the Moi Teaching
and Referral Hospital and Ksh 7.3 billion for the Kenya Medical Training Centres.

The Kenya Medical Research Institute has been given Ksh 2.8 billion while Ksh 1.3 billion has been set aside for the construction of Kenya National Hospital Burns and Paediatrics Centre.

Ksh 863million will be used to procure family planning and reproductive health commodities while Ksh 600million will be spent to purchase equipment at the National Blood Transfusion Services.



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