Blow as Afya Halisi quits Kitui cites lack of funds

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Kitui Health CECM Dr. Winnie Kitetu receiving two vehicles from Afya Halisi under USAID at her office Monday. (Photo -Raphael/Mauvoo)

In 2018 at Zombe stadium, the Afya Halisi program was launched. Afya Halisi was a 5-year program funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to support Family planning, Reproductive, Neonatal, Maternal, Child, and Adolescent health with a clear focus on nutrition and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene.

The purpose of the project was to increase the quality and the uptake of such essential services at the County level. The other three counties benefiting from the funding were Kisumu, Migori, and Kakamega.

Afya Halisi also supported the distribution and handover of USAID-procured ventilators and associated consumables to various counties to assist in the fight against COVID-19.

As they quit Kitui, they donated 2 vehicles they have been using to the Kitui County Government Health Department.

Speaking during the handover, the CECM for Health and Sanitation Dr. Winnie Kitetu said the vehicles are gain to her ministry and will be used in various responsibilities.

She revealed that the plan to roll out Universal healthcare was in a high gear, to ensure people with chronic disease access health facilities anywhere.

She revealed that Universal health care will now be replacing K-CHIC that was launched in 2018. A committee report by the Health and Sanitation Committee of Kitui County Assembly dated September 2020 revealed that only 94, 662 households registered since inception. Out of that only 15, 442 are the ones who renewed their cards. 

“The county will pay half of the money to NHIF that is Sh 3000 and a family the other half. we are targeting to reach out 100,000 people before the end of the year,” she said.

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