NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan Treasury will increase budgetary
allocation to the health sector to fight against a rising burden
of infectious and lifestyle diseases, officials said on Friday.
for National Treasury, Henry Rotich, said Kenya was committed to
achieving the target of allocating 15 percent of annual budget
for public health as agreed by African leaders in 2001.
“We are aware of the
fact that limited health financing has been a stumbling block
towards elimination of preventable diseases. We are working on
innovative schemes to boost health funding,” said Rotich.
He was speaking
during the launch of a public-private partnership initiative to
boost training of cancer and mental health specialists across
the East African region.
The Kenyan Treasury
allocated 60 million U.S. dollars towards the health sector this
According to Rotich,
the bulk of these funds will be channeled towards upgrading
public health facilities and equipping them with state of the
art diagnostic equipment.
He said that
mobilization of domestic resources will be a priority this
financial year to help bridge funding gaps in the health sector.
“We have already
implemented medical equipment supplies scheme for Level Five
hospitals through partnership with the private sector,” Rotich
He said that Kenya
was committed to universal health coverage through gradual
investment in state of the art hospitals and training of
additional healthcare providers.
in the Treasury, Kamau Thugge, said that foreign direct
investment in Kenya’s health sector had been on the rise.
“The enactment of
conducive policy and regulatory incentives this decade has
reactivated investments in healthcare services in the country,”