Treasury Allocates Ksh 62.3B To Scale Up UHC Program

The government will spend Ksh 62.3 billion to guarantee that Universal Health Coverage is a success, out of a total of Ksh. 146.8 billion committed to the health sector.

Treasury CS Ukur Yatani highlighted the specific amounts for various activities and initiatives while reading the national budget to the National Assembly in 2022/2023. 

A total of Ksh 7 billion shillings has been set aside for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines and related expenses.

Ksh 4.1 billion was allocated for Free Maternity Health, while Ksh. 5.2 billion for Managed Equipment Services, and Ksh. 1.8 billion for medical coverage for the elderly and severely disabled.

Meanwhile, a total of Ksh 16.2 billion has been proposed to reduce HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis cases in the country, with another Ksh. 5.2 billion to improve vaccines and immunizations. 

In terms of maintaining facilities, hospitals were budgeted as follows.

Ksh. 18.1 billion for the Kenyatta National Hospital, Ksh. 11.7 billion for the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Ksh 7.7 billion for the Kenya Medical Training Centers, Ksh 2.9 billion for the Kenya Medical Research Institute, and Ksh 1.1 billion for the Kenya National Hospital Burns and Pediatrics Centre. 

Another Ksh 1.2 billion shillings has been set aside for the purchase of reproductive health and family planning products, as well as 300 million shillings for the purchase of cyberknife radiation equipment.

619.0 million shillings for equipment acquisition at the National Blood Transfusion Services, and 1.3 billion shillings for the establishment of a cancer center at Kisii level V hospital. 

According to the Treasury, hospital bed capacity would expand from 56,069 in 2013 to 82,291 in 2020.

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This rise can be ascribed to the National and County Governments’ construction of nearly 1,912 new hospitals around the country. 

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