Kitui Focusses on Key Infrastructure to Support Universal Healthcare


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

By Barrack Muli
The County Health sector has seen progressive evolution a year after Governor Charity Ngilu’s assumption of office.

The County Health Insurance Cover {KCHIC} launched last year continues to provide a specified package of benefits to all target members in order to ensure financial risk protection, improved access to health services and improved health outcomes across the county.

Governor Ngilu’s government seeks to use the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) plan as one of the powerful vehicles towards improved equity, health, financial wellbeing of households and ultimate development for Kitui County as many other counties grapple with how to realize the same and respond to the residents’ plight of huge medical bills.

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The programme has realized great success experiences recorded each day in various parts of the county since the rolling out.

K-CHIC success cases are rising into hundreds day by day too as families discover its great value in times of sickness.

Over 103,000 households have enrolled in the plan that funds over 2000 beneficiaries daily_ 300 of the patients seeking medical treatment at the county referral facility every day.

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The county’s engagement with partners, for instance Centre for Health Solutions {CHS}has seen the county hire Clinical Officers, Nursing Officers, Laboratory Technologists, Pharmacy Technologist, Nutritionists, HTS Coordinators, Health Records and Information Officers and Data Clerks through a budgetary support to the County Department of Health.

The County boasts of specialists that include craniologist, maxillofacial surgeon, pathologist family doctors and a visiting neurosurgeon¬_ pediatricians, general surgeons, an orthopedic surgeon, physicians, gynecologist, among others whose quality services continue to significantly impact the lives of the residents.

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The Centre for Health Solutions – for instance – has engaged 144 Healthcare Workers and 107 Peer Educators, Mentor Mothers, Lay Counsellors, and Adolescence Peer Educators and have increased the number by an additional 43 Healthcare Workers.

The County’s partnership with the Christian Health Association of Kenya continues to reverse the HIV trends in the county.

Through concerted efforts, 63% of people with HIV have been identified and of this, 95% are on life saving drugs.

The county has also put measures to test all pregnant mothers at the antenatal clinics to reduce the mother to child transmission that currently stands at 8.2%.