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Kenya must focus on primary health
care to achieve SDGs: health lobby   

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya needs to focus on primary healthcare that emphasizes preventive measures in order to achieve health Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, a pan-African health lobby said on Wednesday.

Githinji Gitahi, Group CEO of Amref Health Africa, told Xinhua that currently 80 percent of Kenya’s health funding goes to curative health with the rest going to preventive measures.

“Unless the ministry of health changes the way it works, Kenya will not achieve the SDGs by 2030,” Gitahi said.

“If we borrow from the lessons of the Millennium Development goals, we can see that Kenya did not achieve them due poor implementation strategies,” he added.

Gitahi said that Kenya’s quest to achieve universal health coverage is just one step to achieve the SDGs.

“Kenya is committed to achieve universal financial protection but that will not necessarily reduce infant mortality or maternal deaths,” he added.

Gitahi said in addition to universal health coverage, the country also needs to invest in increasing the number of heath workers at the primary level and ensure immunization is scaled up and medicine is available at public health facilities.

He noted that 65 percent of all deaths are caused by communicable diseases that can be prevented through a well-functioning community health strategy.

The Amref Health Africa CEO observed that the level of non communicable diseases such as diabetes and cancer is also on the rise due to changing lifestyles.

“This calls for urgent measures to tackle the double burden of diseases caused by chronic diseases and infectious diseases,” the CEO said.

             

 

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