PRESS STATEMENT - DOCTORS’ VOICES ESSENTIAL FOR SHAPING HEALTHCARE POLICY IN KENYA

The Kenya Medical Association is the professional association of registered doctors in Kenya, with the twin mission of championing for the welfare of doctors and advocating for quality health care for all.
Since its founding in 1968, the Kenya Medical Association has been a key stakeholder in the health sector and has promoted the practice of high-quality medicine in Kenya. This has harmoniously been through partnership with the Ministry of Health and its agencies in developing sound policies which have transformed the health sector in Kenya. Indeed, our involvement in the several technical working groups at the Ministry speaks highly of the pivotal role we have played in making our health system one of the best in East and Central Africa
As the professional representatives of doctors who are fundamental to quality healthcare provision, KMA is an ardent supporter of the design and smooth implementation of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Kenya. Successful implementation of UHC will ultimately depend on the services we provide to Kenyans, in collaboration with other professional cadres of healthcare workers. Therefore, doctors should regularly be consulted and their voices heard when developing policies in the management of healthcare in Kenya. Anything less than this is bound to have disastrous outcomes.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized Health Care Professionals as an essential pillar in the governance of healthcare systems. These professionals form a necessary representation on boards and councils that are key to the delivery of UHC and in healthcare governance in general.
Currently, KMA is a member of the NHIF Board where we have contributed to the reform agenda aimed at optimizing the organization in its readiness to implement UHC. The current proposed National Hospital Insurance Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2021, that leaves the KMA unrepresented

 

 

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20/08/2021 - STATEMENT ON THE MANAGEMENT OF THE PREVAILING COVID 19 PANDEMIC

The Kenya Medical Association is the professional association of registered doctors in Kenya, with the twin mission of championing for the welfare of doctors and advocating for quality health care for all.
KMA through our Covid 19 Response Committee continually offers advice and recommendations on specific areas of concern, based on International Best Practice, National Guidelines and the prevailing circumstances.
The Association has noted with great concern the steady increase of Covid 19 positive cases in pregnant women. “Data has demonstrated that pregnant women are more likely to have severe Covid disease, including the increased risk of ICU admission and death, especially those in the third trimester of pregnancy, and that still birth and preterm birth is more likely (compared to pregnant women without Covid 19.) Pregnant women with underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk of severe illness” (KOGS 13th August 2021).
KMA reiterates the advisory that pregnant and breastfeeding women should access the Covid 19 Vaccines. The benefits outweigh the minimal risk of adverse maternal or fetal effects from the vaccines.
KMA is also concerned about the increase in reported cases of Covid 19 in our learning institutions. This has led to school closures, absenteeism and a general state of anxiety in the education sector.

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STATEMENT ON THE MANAGEMENT OF THE PREVAILING 4TH WAVE OF THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC

STATEMENT ON THE MANAGEMENT OF THE PREVAILING 4TH WAVE OF THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC

The Kenya Medical Association is the professional association of registered doctors in Kenya, with the twin mission of championing for the welfare of doctors and advocating for quality health care for all.
The Association has noted with great concern the steady increase of Covid 19 positive cases country wide over the last few weeks. According to the data released by the Ministry of Health yesterday, we recorded a high of 1259 positive cases, with a positivity rate of 15.6%.
This increase in the patient load is putting immense pressure on our already constrained resources. Of particular note is the severe shortage of ICU beds, medical oxygen, PPEs and medical personnel. 185 patients are currently in Intensive Care, 43 of whom are on ventilatory support, and 86 on supplementary oxygen. Another 445 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 399 of them in general wards and 46 of them in High Dependency Units.
KMA calls upon the government to secure the health and wellbeing of front-line healthcare workers, by facilitating access critical care services, vaccines and psychosocial support. We insist on further investment in nationwide testing, robust research and increased human resource as stipulated in the Ministry of Health HRH guidelines for management of Covid 19.
KMA urges the county governments to ensure they have functional isolation and Intensive Care Units to cater for the increasing demand, provide sufficient PPEs to all healthcare workers, and prioritize so that these key workers receive their remuneration and other benefits on time.

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CONDOLENCE MESSAGE ON THE DEMISE OF PROF BOAZ OTIENO NYUNYA

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WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY - ’COMMIT TO QUIT’

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY 31st May - ’COMMIT TO QUIT’

Today, 31st May 2021, the world is celebrating The World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2021.
The theme this year is ‘Quit Tobacco to be a winner ‘commit to quit’
In 1987 the member states of WHO created World No Tobacco Day [WNTD] to draw its attention towards the tobacco epidemic, which kills estimated 8 million people per year, WNTD is observed on 31st May to make tobacco users aware of the opportunity to lead a healthier life .This is done by creating awareness about dangers of and health problems associated with using Tobacco. Withdrawal symptoms following cessation of tobacco use can be addressed when one quits.

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