NAIROBI, 22 March 2019 (NNT) - Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn viewed a universal health security program in Kenya.
The public health minister led officials and academics from Thailand to Kenya under invitation from Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Health Sicily Kariuki to attend the High-Level Policy Engagement Meeting during 21-22 March 2019.
He said it was the ministry’s first official visit to Kenya after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on public health cooperation on 1 February 2019, where both Thailand and Kenya will collaborate on universal healthcare and health financing, the prioritizing of healthcare benefits using health technology assessments, public health human resources development, and the promotion of healthcare systems based on primary health care.
He said the Kenyan authorities have requested the making of central medicine price list as an addition to the existing MOU, and praised the cooperation between both countries which led to concrete outcomes in just 10 months after the first meeting between the Cabinet Secretary for Health of Kenya and the Minister of Public Health of Thailand in May 2018.
Kenya’s cabinet secretary for health thanked Thailand for information and knowledge exchange, as well as the mentorship in the development of Kenya’s universal healthcare system, said Thai Public Health Minister.
The Ministry of Public Health’s Deputy Permanent Secretary Supakit Sirilak and National Health Security Office Secretary General Sakcha Kanjanawatana presented achievements from Thailand’s National Health Security program.
The visiting officials visited Machakos County, one of the four Kenyan cities where the universal healthcare scheme is being implemented.