On 9th – 10th March 2020, KEPSA, through its Health Sector Board – Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) in collaboration with Express Communications Limited and Amref Health Africa in Kenya, hosted the inaugural Kenya Healthcare Convention at the Sarit Convention & Exhibition Centre in Westlands, Nairobi. The event was graced by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta who launched The Quality of Care Certification Framework for the Kenyan Health Sector and The Quality of Care Certification Manual for the Kenyan Health Sector.
The two-day event themed; ‘Promoting Kenya as a Regional Healthcare Hub and Healthcare Investment destination’, sought to;
- Promote Kenya as the regional healthcare hub – Highlighting achievements from the counties since devolution of medical services and showcase leading companies, institutions and organizations successfully providing services in the industry
- Drive engagement on the milestones, achievements and challenges in the area of; preventive & promotive, curative, rehabilitative/ palliative in cancer care, maternal care, diagnostics and other areas
- Showcase collaborative achievements between government and private sector in the Healthcare sector in Kenya and how this has assisted elevate Kenya as the Healthcare Hub in the region
The convention brought together different stakeholders from the health space: the public, the private sector, the government and development partners.
The keynote speaker, Prof. Khama Rogo, cautioned the ignorance in the health sector, saying that this was a dangerous path. He urged that healthcare should not be separated into public and private sector but both should synergise to provide quality health care to all. He further stated the need to put skill and human resource to work and went ahead to give a recommendation for there to be a decree that would halt industrial action for health workers.
The Group CEO, Amref Health Africa, Dr Githinji Gitahi in his remarks, recognized women and their effort in healthcare. He also encouraged joint commitment and accountability.
The Governor of Isiolo County, Hon. Mohammed Abdi Kuti, General Secretary, Christian Health Association of Kenya, Dr. Samuel Mwenda and KHF Chair, Dr. Amit Thakker signed the Healthcare commitments. At which point Dr. Amit warned medical chain suppliers against hiking prices and encouraged the media to be factual and not spread fear in regards to Coronavirus.
The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Hon. Mutahi Kagwe beseeched banks to amortize for a period longer than the 3 years. CS Kagwe noted urged the sector to work towards ensuring that the cost of healthcare in Kenya should be less than or equal to India and to heighten doctors’ professionalism. He also encouraged personal responsibility in response to Coronavirus.
In his keynote address, H.E President Uhuru echoed the spirit of the declaration that was signed. He urged the country to pull resources to extend the reach of medical care in the country. He spoke of the plans to make Kenya a medical tourist hub for the sub region. President Uhuru further said that Kenya should tap into multisectorial partnerships to tackle Coronavirus.