September 24, 2022

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Why Nyeri Health Services Fund is a game changer

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Under the Big 4 Agenda, the national government has remained focused on improving access to quality healthcare services for all citizens.

The government has put in place measures geared towards ensuring its citizens never lack health services including primary healthcare, emergency & preventive care, maternal/child healthcare, access to drugs among others.

However, a need has arose especially with the availability of drugs due to the delayed disbursement of monies to the devolved governments from the national government.

Subsequently, the effects of drug shortages have had a far-reaching effect on patients’ wellbeing and hospital’s operations.

To mitigate this issue, the County Government of Nyeri under the leadership of H.E Governor Mutahi Kahiga has implemented the Nyeri County Health Services Fund which will address various challenges in the health sector.

While assenting the bill into law, governor Kahiga noted that, “I am committed to promoting affordable health care services, through such initiatives such as the Nyeri County Health Services Fund.

The adoption of this bill is expected to revolutionize the health sector and enhance the efficacy in service delivery.” The Fund, which is administered in accordance with Section 116 of the Public Finance Management Act 2012, is facilitated through monies received as user fees payable or insurance payments collectable under this Act.

Any income generated by a health facility from any project initiated by the health facility; or any other monies received from a lawful source.

The main objectives and purposes of the Fund are:•

To improve the quality of health care services- the fund guarantees that health facilities have better access to financial resources ensuring uninterrupted service delivery to Nyeri residents.•

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