Capital FM (Nairobi)

12 March 2014

Kenya: Up to 40 Percent Health Resources Wasted - Macharia

Nairobi — The government has decried increased wastage of health resources, which greatly hampers provision of services in public health facilities in the country.

Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia says that 20 percent to 40 percent of health resources go to waste, hence the need to devise means of saving the situation to avoid draining taxpayers’ resources.

The Cabinet Secretary who spoke at the third International Scientific Conference of the African Health Economics and Policy Association says the ministry can only seek additional funding for its projects once wastage is addressed.

“We are working together with other stakeholders to ensure that we develop a road map to universal health coverage which is country specific.”

“The road ahead for us will be difficult, but we will learn from lessons from other countries so that we do not repeat their mistakes. There is no going back on our commitment to achieve universal health coverage, it is a goal we shall attain,” he said.

The CS stressed that the improvement of the health sector can only be attained by training health workers, expansion of health infrastructure and introduction of innovative financing mechanisms.

“Health financing is an important part of the broader efforts to ensure protection in health,” he concluded.

World Health Organisation Regional Director, Custodia Mandlhate shared the same sentiments saying that without improved performance of the health system the sector would not succeed.

“The best measure of health system performance is its impact on health outcome of the population.”

“It’s easy to understand that without the needed improvement of the performance of the health system we will fail our national, regional and our international commitments including millennium development goals.”

Mandlhate adds that the object of Universal Health Coverage is to ensure equity in service use where quality and financial protection is provided to all.

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