Kenya roots for quality health systems to overcome disease burden

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-11 21:42:59|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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NAIROBI, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Thursday said the government is committed to revamping health care systems to improve their quality and resilience amid rising disease burden.

Kenyatta who spoke at the launch of Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems report in Nairobi said that access to quality and affordable treatment is key to containing deaths linked to preventable causes.

"We must raise the bar for our health systems by placing quality care at the center of the fight against diseases," said Kenyatta.

"The Lancet report conclusions lay emphasis on quality care as a big win strategy that will accelerate attainment of health related sustainable development goals," she added.

The report says that changing health needs combined with rising public expectations and ambitious goals set by the international community has forced governments to invest in quality services.

Kenyatta said the government will embed quality healthcare services in the universal health coverage agenda whose realization is expected to transform livelihoods.

"The government has taken some steps towards enshrining quality and people centered healthcare services. But strategic investments in training and modernization of health infrastructure is critical," said Kenyatta.

Sicily Kariuki, cabinet secretary for health, said quality of care is the cornerstone of the country's health care delivery system since it boosts equity, timeliness and efficiency.