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Kenya: Government to Set Up a Fund for Rare Medical Conditions, Says the President
Source: allAfrica.com
Source Date: Monday, June 02, 2014
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Kenya
Created: Jun 02, 2014

The President spoke at Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi where he led the nation in commemorating the 51stMadaraka day.
The new investment, he said, is in addition to the free maternal care at public health facilities that enabled placement of two-thirds of deliveries in the hands of trained personnel.
The President said heavy investment in maternal care has ensured that fewer mothers suffer unnecessarily in childbirth.
Said the President, "Four billion shillings have been set aside to strengthen the programme in the next financial year".
President Kenyatta said substantial health services were devolved last year to ensure equitable delivery of health services.
In the next financial year, President Kenyatta added, ksh. 3 billion will be set aside for the leasing of medical equipment with every county having access to the fund.
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero expressed appreciation to the President for the free maternity care in public health facilities saying the fee waiver has seen reduction of women dying from birth complications.
"Since the introduction of free maternity care, the number of women dying during childbirth has come down from 701 to under 300 in Nairobi. We have also child mortality come down," the Governor said.
In its commitment to a working devolution, the President said, National Government has ensured that resources and support are delivered with all possible dispatch.
"That is why, only four years after we promulgated the constitution, Kenya is a country with a working system of devolved government," he added.
The President said county share of revenue was this year was also raised to 46%, promising further restructuring of the institutions of government, intergovernmental bodies in particular, to fulfil the promise of the new law.
The President highlighted various other projects and programmes undertaken by the National Government tomake Vision 2030 a reality and improve on the standards of living in the country.
He said that cleaning up of the land registries and land transaction processes will create an enabling business environment.
He added, "We have invested in agricultural transformation and food security. We have built hundreds of dams and water pans around the country, and we have made fertiliser, and other farming inputs and information, cheaper and more easily available to our farmers".
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