The health sector plays a pivotal role in economic growth and poverty reduction. A healthy nation means a more productive nation. One of the ‘Big Four’ priority areas, as announced by President Kenyatta in December 2017, are investments in Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to ensure access to quality and affordable health care for all Kenyans.
Speaking at his clinic during a live business chat, Dr.Vitalis Ogola of Royal Dental Clinic pointed out that the national government cannot succeed in achieving the ‘Big Four’ without involving counties and private sectors, and so far, there has been good synergy between both levels of government. He, however, cautioned that there is need for legislation to implement some of the key actions towards realization of the ‘Big Four’ priorities. He added that the challenge is people using money from their pockets to seek health care services and this is what the government needs to work on so that individuals don’t face financial hardships when seeking search services. And this is the only way the government can achieve one of the pillars which is universal health care in his Big Four Agenda. There is also the need for more research to better-sophisticateded tools to be used in the health sector.
Universal health care does not imply coverage for all people for everything.
Universal health care can be determined by three critical dimensions: who is covered, what services are covered, and how much of the cost is covered. Universal Health Coverage implies to also environmental protection as compared to universal health care where individuals seek medical attention without financial hardships. According to Dr. Vitalis the Kenyan government is focusing on universal health care to solve problems that those who attend hospitals face in terms of finances since universal health coverage had been solved before.
Health in the Lake Victoria Region
Health indicators in the Lake Victoria region are a cause for concern and pose serious challenges to the region’s development. There are inadequate health facilities and the ones that are available have poor infrastructure. Kisumu County had been chosen by the president to pilot universal health care among the other 3 counties chosen. As a result proper strategy needs to be in place to ensure that resources are fully allocated for the health care services within the region.
Winam capital is a venture capital firm which is looking torwards ensuring that the big four agenda is achieved. It is looking towards partnering with the county government and private sectors to leverage on the Agenda. As a result, the Winam Investment and Innovation Summit will bring together potential investors and entrepreneurs to find the best business to invest their money in the lake Victoria region in line with the big four agenda.
This will be in line with the Theme, The Lake Victoria region; the next frontier for investment and sustainable business. The summit will be on 27th to 30th November 2018 at the University of Nairobi, Kisumu.