, NAIROBI Kenya, Jun 3 – Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has pledged his ministry’s commitment to focus on preventive care based on networks of village level community health workers.
Macharia says this will help the county governments to manage community health services.
“The first and most important level of healthcare in any society is the community level often referred to as level one.”
While speaking during the launch of community health services and Economic Stimulus programme Products at a Nairobi hotel, Macharia said this will help the county governments in managing community health services.
“This scheme would enable the health ministry to increase the number of community health extension workers in the county and allow them to intensively focus on providing preventive and first line curative health services in the entire country,” he affirmed.
Macharia noted that there was improvement in the health sector since the implementation of the community health strategy in 2008.
He attributed this to “key health indicators such as immunisation, antenatal care, reduction of child illness which has been a success since no major cholera and malaria epidemics have occurred in the last five years.”
He further said that this will address inequalities in access to healthcare and strengthen the country’s health systems at all levels.