National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani allocated Ksh 146.8 billion to the healthcare sector out of which Ksh 62.3 billion will cover Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
“Of this amount, Ksh 47.7 billion will fund activities and programmes for the attainment of Universal Health Coverage,” Ukur Yatani in the budget statement.
while issuing the budget statement, the CS acknowledged the effect Covid-19 has had on the economy and allocated Ksh 7 billion to enable the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines and related expenses to cushion the economy for the 2022/23 Covid-19 recovery
The funds will be part of the Ksh 62.3 billion set aside to fund activities and programs for the attainment of Universal Health Coverage.
“To further enhance the realization of universal health care coverage, I propose to allocate 146.8 billion to the healthcare sector to support various programs, specific allocations for various activities and programs include Ksh 7 billion for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines and related expenditures; Ksh 4.1 billion for Free Maternity Health Care; Ksh 5.2 billion for the Managed Equipment Services as well as Ksh 1.8 billion to provide medical 56 overs for the elderly and severely disabled persons in our society,” Ukur Yatani during the budget presentation.
In last year’s budget, the health sector received Ksh 121.1 billion expected to balance between post-Covid economic recovery and driving President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda, whose implementation was equally slowed down by the pandemic.