Government To Invest More In Front Line Healthcare Workers

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The Department of Health will purchase 26 motorcycles to ease the movement of community health assistants (CHAs) as they serve communities around Laikipia County.
This is in line the government was shifting its policy to increase investments in preventive health, chief officer Dr Donald Mogoi said.
Already, the department has received eight motorcycles from the TB/HIV programme, and it will soon be expanding community health units, retrain community health volunteers and provide them with a stipend.
Dr Mogoi spoke during a meeting between the county health management team and community health assistant held at the county hall on 15 January 2020 where Preventive and Promotive Health issues were the main agenda.
In his opening remarks, the CECM-Health Dr Lenai Kamario thanked the CHAs for the good work they having been doing within the communities adding that they were a key pillar in the successful implementation of the unique Laikipian Universal Health Coverage (UHC) model.
He thanked them for supporting the Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) noting that this has made Laikipia become the leader in Health insurance with a coverage of 62.2% a big achievement considering the national average of 36%. As the front line Health Care Workers forming the first level of care, the CECM urged them to continue doing good work and to maintain a positive image and relationship with the communities they serve.
He went on to inform the meeting that going forward the County shall be investing more in Preventive and Promotive Health services and the County will be equipping the CHVs with Basic kits to be able to offer treatment of minor illnesses and First Aid to the communities they serve. He also informed the meeting that indent populations that was identified as being unable to pay for Health Insurance will be put into a subsidy program where the County Government of Laikipia shall pay for their Health Insurance premiums with NHIF. The money for this subsidy program is in the approved County budget.

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