President William Ruto has revealed that his government has embarked on collecting data from all households in Kenya.
Speaking during the flagging off of Community Health Promoters at Uhuru Park in Nairobi on Monday, the Head of State noted that the exercise will equip the state with health requirements of Kenyans.
The data, which will be collected by 100,000 health promoters, will help the hospitals analyse data for targeted service delivery.
“We are also starting the journey to register every household in Kenya so that we can have the information on the health requirements, health conditions, prevalence on whatever diseases in every part of Kenya so that our health delivery will not be based on guess work but on information collected by the promoters,” read the statement in part.
“Every health promoter in Kenya, the 100,000 of them, will be equipped by the government of Kenya with a kit that will be used for making sure that they can access every household in Kenya. We have split every health promoter with 100 households in every part of Kenya.”
The Head of State further noted that the promoters will be given kitties by the state and will be eligible for a monthly stipend paid in half by the National Government. County governments will settle the other half.
The Head of State launched the plan to hire the Health Promoters in February with the aim of improving detection of diseases at an early stage.
He noted at the time that the data collected by the state will held his regime in achieving the Universal Health Care (UHC).
“First intervention will be ensuring 100,000 community health workers are hired by the government to ensure they provide the first line of response,” he stated.
“We are committed to the active promotion of a healthcare system that is robustly attentive to preventive healthcare because prevention is always the most efficient deployment of resources and the best means of enhancing well-being and minimising suffering.”
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The Head of State also praised counties for good delivery of services in the health sector which he acknowledged was better than the National Government.