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Kenya hosts conference to boost universal health coverage

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- A national conference to brainstorm on innovative ways to realize universal health coverage will be held next week in the central Kenyan county of Nyeri.

The two-day conference, whose theme is “Universal Health Coverage for Sustainable Development,” will discuss incentives that are required to ensure every Kenyan has access to affordable and quality healthcare services amid a spike in both infectious and lifestyle diseases.

“The conference will focus on seeking transformative solutions to halt and reverse the non-communicable disease epidemic at national level contributing to the Big 4 agenda and Vision 2030,” conference organizers said.

The ministry of health has organized the second universal health conference to be held this year in conjunction with the Vision 2030 Delivery Board, industry, academia and civil society.

Ada Mwangola, social pillar director at the Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat, said tackling the rising burden of non-communicable diseases is key to sustaining Kenya’s economic transformation.

“Kenya’s vision to become a middle-income economy with a high quality of life for all by the year 2030 is threatened by the rise of non-communicable diseases,” said Mwangola.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has identified universal health coverage as part of his Big Four Agenda, whose implementation will be key to securing a good legacy once he completes his second and final term in office in 2022.

The second universal health coverage summit, to be attended by senior policymakers, county executives, representatives from industry and civil society, aims to revitalize debate on ways to avail quality medical care to all citizens.

Mwangola said a transformation in healthcare services is urgent to enhance Kenya’s response to rising toll of preventable and terminal ailments worsened by poverty, rapid urbanization and environmental pollution.

           

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