Lake re­gion coun­ties plan to launch health in­vest­ment fund

Bloc to seek part­ner­ships, digi­tise health­care and de­velop Re­gional Health­care In­sur­ance Fund to make ser­vices af­ford­able and sus­tain­able

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nyanza - FAITH MATETE @fay­matete

Thir­teen coun­ties un­der the Western Kenya Lake Re­gion Eco­nomic Bloc plan to es­tab­lish a re­gional health in­vest­ment fund.

Health chair­per­son Sarah Omache said the fund will be used to im­prove pri­or­ity ar­eas.

The Kisii Health ex­ec­u­tive said the coun­ties re­ceive min­i­mal sup­port for health­care. She said this has led to ille­quipped health fa­cil­i­ties, in­ad­e­quate per­son­nel and other prob­lems.

Omache spoke in Kisumu, where she said they will es­tab­lish re­gion- al spe­cial­ist hos­pi­tals to pro­vide high-qual­ity health­care.

“The health sec­tor in the Lake Re­gion does not re­ceive ad­e­quate fund­ing. This has re­sulted in a huge disease bur­den and re­duced hu­man cap­i­tal,” she said.

The bloc will hold a Health In­vest­ment and Ex­hi­bi­tion Con­fer­ence in Kisumu in Novem­ber, with the theme ‘Strength­en­ing Health­care through Part­ner­ships for So­cioe­co­nomic Pros­per­ity’.

“Through the con­fer­ence, the bloc aims to raise funds for pri­or­ity ar­eas, such as de­vel­op­ment of re­gional spe­cial­ist hos­pi­tals,” Omache said.

She said the hos­pi­tals will be fully equipped at pri­mary and ter­tiary lev- els. “In­ter­ven­tions iden­ti­fied will help the Lake Re­gion to im­prove qual­ity, re­spon­sive­ness and eq­ui­table ac­cess to health ser­vices,” Omache said.

She said to achieve this, they will foster strate­gic in­vestor part­ner­ships to fund the projects.

Other pri­or­i­ties in the Mid-Term Man­age­ment and In­vest­ment Strat­egy in­clude digi­ti­sa­tion of health­care and de­vel­op­ment of a Re­gional Health­care In­sur­ance Fund to make ser­vices af­ford­able and sus­tain­able.

“We have gath­ered mo­men­tum on some of the flag­ship projects. The Health­care Ser­vices Fund Bill has been through four county as­sem­blies. In oth­ers, it is in var­i­ous stages,” Omache said.

/FAITH MATETE

Kisii Health ex­ec­u­tive Sarah Omache (in yel­low top) and her coun­ter­parts from LREB mem­ber coun­ties ad­dress the press in Kisumu on Thurs­day

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