Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has reaffirmed government’s commitment to provide quality healthcare to all Kenyans.
The CS noted that health is a fundamental right and an enabler of socio-economic development with UHC as a key priority for the country in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
His remarks came as he inaugurated the National Cancer Institute of Kenya board on Tuesday.
The board is chaired by Amref CEO Gitahi Githinji with Alfred Karagu as the Chief Executive officer.
Board members are The Star Chief Operating Officer Agnes Kalekye, Dr. Ochiba Lukandu, Catherine Wachira, Francisca Atieno, Mahindra Shah, Kenrick Ayot, Mildred Mugambi, Samuel Gathere and Patrick Gathagu.
The board was established in recognition of the need for a more coordinated health sector response to the growing cancer burden in Kenya.
The board is expected to play a critical role in ensuring cancer prevention systems are in place and those for cancer care delivery are in harmony.
“Over the past few years, we have seen the reputation of government institutions dragged in the mud due to the misconduct of a few officials,” Kagwe said.
“I urge you to appraise yourselves with the provisions of the Mwongozo Code and respect the separation of power between the management and the board. Let the management do its work, while you play your oversight role,” the CS told the board members.
Kagwe also inaugurated the Nursing Council of Kenya board, the Kenya Nuclear Regulatory Authority Board and the National Committee on Infant and Young Child Feeding.
The Committee on Infant and Young Child Feeding was established in line with provisions of the breast milk substitutes Act.
The committee will be chaired by acting Director General for health Dr. Patrick Amoth with Veronica Kirogo as the secretary.
Members of the committee are Peter Mutua, Priscilla Kairu, Evalyne Gicheru, Gladys Machira, Brian Maugo, David Okeyo, Samuel Nyamu, Martha Nyagaya, Julia Mwaisekanyi, Ruth Nduati and Shadrack Oiye.
“At the end of the day, it’s about our people. It’s not just an arrangement but about our brothers and sisters. Sometimes we don’t put that into perspective,” Kagwe said.
The Kenya Nuclear Regulatory Authority board on the other hand will be tasked with regulating the peaceful use of ionizing radiation.
It will ensure protection of occupationally exposed workers, patients undergoing medical radiation procedures, members of the public and the environment from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation, while at the same time ensuring that society enjoys optimal socio-economic benefits.
George Njoroge is the acting director general at the authority while Zeinab Gura, Samuel Gitau, Titus Ingana, Col. Charity Njuguna, Kakai Kissinger, Pauline Moranga, Margare Mwonjoria and Micheal Lavi Muia are members of the board.
The Nursing Council of Kenya Board which will be chaired by Professor Eunice Ndirangu, is the only professional regulatory body for all cadres of nursing and midwives in Kenya.
It will be tasked with ensuring the delivery of safe and effective nursing and midwifery care to the public through quality education and best practices.