Peter Tum, the Principal Secretary nominee for Medical Services, has promised a rigorous restructuring of reforms in the health sector, particularly in public hospitals.
During his vetting before the National Assembly committee chaired by Endebess MP Robert Pukose, he stated that if approved, he will give careful consideration to increasing human resources in hospitals in order to avert the crisis in public hospitals.
"The issue is our system of providing health care in public health facilities. The issue is that we have not taken into account the personnel of health services as specified in health standards," Tum explained.
Once approved, he plans to reform the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority to meet standards and respond to medical purchases in tandem with the needs of the 47 devolved units.
"Standards have not been met, and as a result, agenda reform is required." It is past time for KEMSA to be reformed in order to respond to commodity disruptions purchases in the necessary manner," assured the Principal Secretary for Medical Services.
Tum, on the other hand, warned that access to health care in public hospitals for ordinary mwananchi would be untenable if the sector's financing through the National Hospital Insurance Fund was not maintained.
"We are looking into financing through the NHIF, and as Kenya Kwanza Alliance, we will leverage that to enable our people to receive services in hospitals," the nominee explained.
This follows MPs' assertion that poor Kenyans who can afford services in private hospitals are left to suffer as a result of negligence in public hospitals.
Deaths that have sparked investigations have been blamed on caregivers who were grossly negligent, which is an indictment of the state of our public hospitals
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