Sep 21, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Covid-19 stretched Kenya’s healthcare system thin, Economic Survey shows

The poll released yesterday by the Kenyan National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) finds that containment measures such as bans on international flights, night-to-morning curfews and restrictions on movement have had a devastating impact on the health sector, reported a decline in demand for health services across the board Country.

The report also notes that the use of modern contraceptives has generally declined as deliveries to health care facilities rose 1.8 percent to 1.2 million in. increased in 2020. Normal births accounted for 82.8 percent of newborns.

Injections for family planning became the most popular method of contraception with 2.3 million people choosing it, followed by combined oral contraception with pills , which recorded 681,600 registered users last year.

The document reveals that persistent family planning methods experienced low acceptance as the number of women undergoing tube ligation sterilization fell to 4,435 while The male sterilization vasectomy had 334 buyers.

“In an emergency response to the pandemic, the national government paid $ 7.7 billion to counties in support of Covid-19,” the report said .

The KNBS data show that the government’s health expenditure in 2019/20 rose 34.5 percent to 103.1 billion Sh. The county government’s spending on health services rose 16 percent to ATS 106.7 billion. in 2019/20, of which 83.5 percent was current expenses.

When analyzing health insurance performance, KNBS found that membership of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF.)) last year by 6 percent to 22 million in 2019/20 and thus by 5.7 percent to 59.5 billion Sh. and thus by 1.8 percent to 54.4 billion Shs.

According to the information, the share of payments in revenue fell from 94.9 percent in 2018/19 to 91.4 percent in 2019 /20.

NHIF membership in the formal sector of the economy increased 3.6 percent compared to 8.3 percent in the informal sector.

The total number of reported diseases decreased in 2020 by 31.6 percent to 60.0 million.

“Respiratory diseases and malaria accounted for 27.6 percent and 19.1 percent of the total illnesses from the number of cases.

According to the statistics office, the number rose the number of healthcare facilities from 13,700 in 2019 to 14,600 in 2020, which resulted in a 9.6 percent increase in hospital beds to 82,091, while hospital beds rose 7.7 percent to 8,946 at the time of the review.

< p> It was observed that most of the hospital beds (45 percent) and cots were in public health facilities.

Of the total Ges Unitary facilities in the country are 77.9 percent Level 2, which are made up of pharmacies (51.4 percent), medical clinics (45.5 percent) and independent facilities (3.0) percent, with 82.4 percent of pharmacies from government, while 94.4 percent of medical clinics are privately owned, according to the report.

While level 3 health facilities have increased from 2,313 in 2019 to 2,355 in 2020, the Most health centers, accounting for 79.9 percent, are government-owned while the private sector owns 93.8 percent of nursing homes.

Levels 4, 5, and 6 accounted for 6% of all facilities.

Registered nurses in the country had the highest proportion at 130.6 per 100,000 population, while nutritionists and dieticians had the lowest proportion last year at 2.0 per 100,000 population. Registered health professions per 100,000 population increased i all cadres except medical technicians, which remained constant.

The total number of medical students at universities rose by 13.5 percent to 22,200, while the total number of medical graduates and graduates decreased by 69.9% last year to 1,396.

The number of middle-level graduates of the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) also fell by 67.4% to 4,114 in the 2019/20 academic year. .

From 2018 to 2020, the total number of admissions for children under the age of five rose by 2.7 percent to 117,441 last year, with pneumonia at 12.9 percent, followed by malaria at 10 percent.

In contrast to the previous year, a total of 184,185 deaths were recorded, where 191,495 people lost their lives, with more than 53.4% ​​of the reported deaths occurring in health facilities.

The male deaths were included 56.6 percent of the total.

The death coverage rate decreased from 39.1% to 36.8% last year, while the birth registration rate was 71.5% compared to 76, 2% in 2019.

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