Poor health management costs Kenya Sh5 billion annually

Poor management of health facilities and their resources is the major challenge facing the sector, Health Principal Secretary Dr Nicholas Muraguri has said.

Despite numerous commitments by the government to improve the delivery of this basic service to every Kenyan, many still receive sub-standard services or no services at all.

This causes an annual loss of over Sh5 billion on economic productive time spent by workers seeking better health care and treatment to mild diseases.

Averagely, over 40 and 18 percent of Kenyans are hindered by cost and distance respectively in access to health care.

Addressing health stakeholders at the Management Development Institute (MDI) 10th Anniversary held at Amref Kenya, Muraguri noted the need for public health systems to partner with Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) to refine the management of health resources. "Public private partnerships are the paradigm shift that will transform the country's approach and delivery systems for health care training," said Muraguri.

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