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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Kenya plans more investments to achieve universal health coverage

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya is seeking to put more investments in the health sector to achieve universal health coverage (UHC), a senior official said Wednesday.

Cleopa Mailu, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Health, said in a commentary published in the Standard Newspaper that UHC can not be achieved without adequate financing.

“At least 7 percent of the country’s total budget should be allocated to health,” Mailu said.

According to the Cabinet Secretary, in order to achieve UHC, Kenya will have to  employ an additional 2,400 doctors and 55,200 nurses.

“The number of referral institutions will be increased to 94 with each county having at least two specialized hospitals,” he added.

“For this to happen, the country will need an additional eight medical schools and 83 mid-level colleges to train human resources for health,” he noted.

             

 

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