NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya needs to focus on primary healthcare that
emphasizes preventive measures in order to achieve
health Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, a
pan-African health lobby said on Wednesday.
Gitahi, Group CEO of Amref Health Africa, told Xinhua
that currently 80 percent of Kenya’s health funding goes
to curative health with the rest going to preventive
ministry of health changes the way it works, Kenya will
not achieve the SDGs by 2030,” Gitahi said.
borrow from the lessons of the Millennium Development
goals, we can see that Kenya did not achieve them due
poor implementation strategies,” he added.
that Kenya’s quest to achieve universal health coverage
is just one step to achieve the SDGs.
committed to achieve universal financial protection but
that will not necessarily reduce infant mortality or
maternal deaths,” he added.
in addition to universal health coverage, the country
also needs to invest in increasing the number of heath
workers at the primary level and ensure immunization is
scaled up and medicine is available at public health
that 65 percent of all deaths are caused by communicable
diseases that can be prevented through a
well-functioning community health strategy.
Health Africa CEO observed that the level of non
communicable diseases such as diabetes and cancer is
also on the rise due to changing lifestyles.
for urgent measures to tackle the double burden of
diseases caused by chronic diseases and infectious
diseases,” the CEO said.