The third Kenya national Universal Health Coverage conference was held in Kisumu county, from 15th to 17th May, 2019.  The theme for this year’s conference was revitalizing primary health care for sustainable universal health coverage. Dr. Alfred Mutua said that the UHC initiative is changing lives. The health stakeholders talked about the urgent need to address human resource and staffing issues in healthcare by putting a proper policy in place so as to boost public health.

They discussed the challenges facing implementation of UHC in Kisumu county, including: human resource gaps, congestion in level 4/5 and underutilization of level 2/3, lack of enough electronic medical information systems to monitor patient flow and commodity utilization, overutilization of diagnostic radiology services and the abrupt cessation of Linda mama. Nurses were highly appreciated as key players in achieving UHC despite being overworked and underpaid.

 Dr. Kama Roga said that the people who spend most money for healthcare in Kenya are the very poor.” Highest level of dignity you can give a human is by giving them a healthcare card. An assurance to healthcare everywhere. Dr. Wasunna Owino, Chief Party HRHKenya made a presentation on human resources for health in terms of number, skills for UHC and motivating workplace. As professor Anyang Nyon’go officially closed the conference he said that there is need to take time and reflect on challenges and uncertainties that hinder this initiative.

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