Health CS Mutahi Kagwe shared a light moment during the launch of the biometric registration of the Universal Healthcare Coverage Programme (UHC) in Mombasa County on Saturday, October 31.
The CS disclosed details of a private phone call between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Kagwe stated that the Head of State called him after he (CS) had enjoyed a night out at a club. The two centered their discussion on the health plight of Nairobi County residents.
"Your excellency, kindly allow me to share this secret about one of the nights when I was enjoying a night out. During that time, we had not yet discovered the famous 'Kagwe Special' which is one beer and two sausages, so I took two beers.President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with Health CS Mutahi Kagwe (left) during the biometric registration of the Universal Healthcare Coverage Programme (UHC) in Mombasa County on Saturday, October 30, 2020PSCU
"In the course of doing so, I heard a policeman speaking about you and your tour in Mukuru kwa Njenga and Mukuru kwa Reuben slums in Nairobi. That was the same night you called me and lamented that you found a hospital having five beds. You asked if we could do more and directed us to upgrade healthcare in the city," Kagwe stated.
The CS added that his ministry was almost completing the construction of 19 hospitals in different Nairobi estates.
He lauded the Head of State for his passionate devotion towards ensuring Kenyans enjoy better health coverage.
According to Kagwe, the biometric National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) will ensure that patients are not misdiagnosed, they are protected from fraudulent surgeries and treatment is expedited.
It will also ensure all Kenyans have access to preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services at minimum financial burden.
"We all want to go to the hospital and be treated immediately.
"Bio registration of NHIF will eliminate all these issues, authenticate patient identity prior to treatment, reduce fraud in health care and also improve the management of hospitals," Kagwe stated.
UHC is one of the President's priorities in the Big 4 Agenda. Its pilot phase was launched in December 2018.
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