The Ministry of Health (MoH) has initiated a comprehensive health facility census aimed at identifying and rectifying gaps within the sector.
The nationwide exercise is set to cover 15,000 health facilities, both public and private, with the purpose of assessing infrastructure, equipment, machinery, and the availability of human resources essential for facility operations.
Running from August 14 to August 25, the two-week census seeks to compile crucial data that will be used to inform strategic decisions in the pursuit of Universal Health Coverage.
Health Director-General Patrick Amoth emphasized the robustness of the data validation system in place, ensuring the accuracy and reliability of the collected information over time.
Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha highlighted that the assessment’s outcomes will guide hospital services and referrals, particularly as the country shifts its focus towards preventive and promotive healthcare.
CS Nakhumicha also indicated that as the census concludes, the generated report will be made publicly available, shedding light on the range of services offered by each facility and pinpointing areas that require additional support.
“We don’t want when people are referred by the CHPs they find the facilities they have been referred to are not ready to offer the services they are looking for,” Nakhumicha said