The Ministry of Health says it has prioritized healthcare access to people with disabilities.
While appearing before the Senate Wednesday, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Nakhumicha Wafula explained with the new healthcare plan, the special interest group will now access quality healthcare in an efficient, affordable, and non-discriminatory manner.
Additionally, she said her ministry is actively advocating for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) by developing inclusive policies, enhancing healthcare facilities, and increasing the availability of disability-friendly maternity beds.
“The upcoming Social Health Insurance Act 2023 will cover rehabilitation services, reducing Out of Pocket costs for PWDs and promoting inclusivity” she told the Senate.
“The Ministry’s overarching goal is to integrate individuals with disabilities into society, ensuring equal access to healthcare services,” said the CS.
She hailed the ongoing initiatives like staff training in sign language and the recruitment of PWDs in the workforce saying they are improving service accessibility.
She was shedding light on among other pertinent issues what the government is doing to improve health care access to PWDs.
Kakamega Teaching and Referral Hospital
At the same time, she clarified the Senate’s inquiries about the stalled construction of Kakamega Teaching and Referral Hospital.
She explained that the hospital falls under the jurisdiction of the Kakamega County Government, making it their responsibility to address questions regarding its cost, payments, and construction progress.
She said the queries have been forwarded to the county government for comprehensive responses.
Additionally, she detailed the Presidential Directive aimed at facilitating the project’s completion, including budget allocations for medical equipment and civil works.
The Cabinet Secretary emphasized collaborative efforts between the National and County Governments to ensure the hospital’s successful construction and equipping.”