•The Health Facility Census which began on Monday targets 15,000 public, private and faith-based hospitals across the country.
•The exercise seeks to find out the infrastructure in the facilities, the equipment and machines and the human resources available to run the facilities.
A total of 808 health facilities had been inspected as of Thursday in the ongoing census.
The Health Facility Census which began on Monday targets 15,000 public, private and faith-based hospitals across the country.
Health PS Public Health Mary Muthoni on Friday said the 808 health facilities include 551 dispensaries and clinics, 176 are health centers and 81 level 4 hospitals.
“We are happy to report that the survey is progressing well with dedicated teams actively visiting all health facilities, public, private, and faith-owned across the Country,” Muthoni said.
“The census is being led in each county by a skilled professional who possesses a deep understanding of the healthcare system,” she added.
The nationwide facility census seeks to determine the gaps which exist in the health sector.
The exercise seeks to find out the infrastructure in the facilities, the equipment and machines, and the human resources available to run the facilities.
The two weeks exercise will run from August 14 to August 25 after which a report will be compiled.
“Data collected from this census will serve as a foundation for evidence-based decision-making within the health sector, including ensuring that the population can access quality healthcare within a reasonable distance and cost,” the PS said.
The exercise being conducted by 500 research assistants will assess the infrastructure, equipment and human resources for health in all the health facilities.
This will help ascertain their readiness to deliver on the Universal Health Coverage agenda.
The exercise, according to the Health DG Patrick Amoth, is a prerequisite for the launch of the Universal Health Coverage.