Even before the dust settles on the corruption allegations against Ministry of Health, Kenya today got a major boost after Japan signed an agreement with Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani for the disbursement of Ksh. 8 billion for universal health coverage.
The development came less than 24 hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta gave the DCI and the DPP a 21 day notice to investigate and prosecute the theft of billions of shillings at the ministry of health.
And speaking today to the press after the two countries signed the deal at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Japan’s envoy to Kenya Ryoichi Horie warned that his government expects effective utilization of the funds.
Kenya receives KSh. 8B health sector policy loan for attainment of UHC from Japan. pic.twitter.com/6hCySLl0GP
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This comes on the backdrop of the corruption allegations against Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) where billions of shillings are believed to have been lost through flawed tendering.
“This morning, I have signed Health Sector Policy Loan for the attainment of universal health coverage with treasury Cabinet Secretary worth more than 8 billion shillings.” Ryoichi Horie said.
The Japan government also said that they are providing the Ministry of Health with 10 ambulances as part of their program to grant Kenya various medical equipment to enable the country offer quality medical services.
“I agreed with Mr. Yattani to sign another agreement for provision of medical equipment to Kenya and 10 ambulances to Kenya”
On proper use of the grants, the envoy said: “We expect effective utilization by government and all agencies.”