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KMPDU Launches Five Point Health Manifesto, Asks Political Parties To Adopt It

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The Kenya Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has launched a five point manifesto for political parties to adopt as aspirants seek national and county offices in the upcoming general elections.

KMPDU Secretary General Davji Bhimji highlighted the need to prioritize universal health coverage by ensuring one community health worker is employed for every 50 households and one doctor per 1000 Kenyans.

“The political parties with interest to partake 2022 General Election must reinvigorate preventive health through ensuring one community health workers per 50 households and one doctor per 1,000 Kenyans,” Bhimji said.

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The five point manifestos launched in partnership with Transparency International and other trade unions also called for the strict regulation of private health care service providers.

The manifesto also wants reregistration of facilities denying emergency treatment and diagnostics and also ensure refund of cost incurred in supporting emergency treatment.

The manifesto is a product of extensive consultatiions with consumers and providers of public health services in counties namely Kakamega, Kajiado, Kisumu, Kilifi, Kiambu, Garissa, Nairobi, Tana River and Uasin Gishu.

Amnesty International Kenya Chapter Executive Director Houghton Irúngú  called on all political parties and aspirants in the upcoming General Elections to make healthcare a priority in their manifestos as matter of urgency.

“If there is something we must learn from Covid-19,it is that healthy living habit,adequate investment in health-workers and health infrastructure is critical for disease prevention,” said Irungu.

The launch of the manifesto marks the beginning of public demand for registered political parties and aspirants to prioritize the right to health and affordable, accessible, available and quality healthcare for all Kenyans.

By Rodgers Oduor

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