HEALTH BUDGET

Treasury allocates key healthcare funds Sh6 billion

Primary Healthcare Fund gets Sh4 billion, and emergencies fund Sh2 billion

In Summary
  • SHA, the body that will replace the National Health Insurance Fund, has three funds under it
  • Treasure CS Prof Njuguna Ndung’u also put in funds in several aspects of the universal health coverage, which will be driven by SHA
Treasury Cabinet Secretary Njuguna Ndung'u in parliament with a budget briefcase to read the budget on June 13, 2024.
Treasury Cabinet Secretary Njuguna Ndung'u in parliament with a budget briefcase to read the budget on June 13, 2024.
Image: EZEKIEL AMING'A

The Primary Healthcare Fund, the pot of money that will fund services in dispensaries and health centres, will receive Sh4.1 billion in 2024/2025.

The fund is the first point of entry for Kenyans seeking health services through the Social Health Authority from July 1. SHA is the body that will replace the National Health Insurance Fund. PHC will be entirely funded from the exchequer.

Treasury CS Njuguna Ndung'u also proposed Sh2 billion to the Emergencies Chronic and Critical Illness Fund, one of the three funds under SHA.

The third fund, the Social Health Insurance Fund, is paid for through direct contributions by Kenyans through premiums.

The entire health budget was allocated Sh120.7 billion.

Ndung’u also put in funds in several aspects of the universal health coverage, which will be driven by SHA.

“Government is committed and determined to realise the constitutional right to health by promoting access to quality and affordable healthcare through universal healthcare coverage program,” he said in his budget statement on Thursday.

This includes Sh4.2 billion for the UHC coordination and management unit. The amount also included Sh2 billion for free maternity healthcare, and Sh3.6 billion for the Managed Equipment Services.

Ndung'u proposed that Sh86 million be allocated to provide medical cover for orphans, the elderly and disabled persons.

More funds will be injected to support Community Health Promoters, who will be key during the rollout of the SHA in July.

The national government foots half of the pay of the 100,000 CHPs, with the balance paid by counties.

Treasury proposed Sh4.6 billion for their stipend and acquisition of specialised medical equipment that they need for work.

The CS also proposed Kenya contribute Sh28.7 billion to the Global Fund, which is a major donor for Kenya’s HIV, malaria and TB programmes.

He also proposed Sh 4.6 billion for vaccines and immunisation programs.

To enhance the early diagnosis and management and reduce the burden of treatment, the CS proposed an allocation of Sh 1.1 billion to strengthen cancer management in Kenyatta National Hospital and Kisii level five hospitals.”

KNH and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospitals got a total of Sh29.7 billion to run their operations.

“This includes Sh2.6 billion for the construction of Kenyatta National Hospital burns and paediatric centre,” Ndung'u said.

Another Sh 5.2 billion was allocated for the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority, Sh2.5 billion for Kemri, Sh 1 billion for procurement of family planning and reproductive health commodities and Sh760 million for procurement of equipment at the National Blood Transfusion services.

The CS also proposed Sh3.7 billion for medical interns, Sh406 million for training of health personnel and Sh8.6 billion for Kenya Medical Training Centre.

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