Media encouraged to advance reporting on health stories

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Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwe has challenged the media to enhance constructive dialogues with health sector players in an effort to sustain the momentum of ongoing reforms within the sector.

Speaking in Kilifi County during a meeting with members of the Kenya Editors Guild, the Health CS said the health ministry has made deliberate efforts to create synergy between technical experts within the various departments and the media in an effort to help journalists tell the health story better.

“This is important, as I have no doubt in my mind that what we do in the Ministry is not for our own good but rather for the good of the entire country. Yet, the public cannot know about the good we do, the context we work in, or any other issues for that matter, unless they are well informed of what exactly is happening, largely through your valuable work,” observed Kagwe.

He said the ministry has initiated a host of reforms aimed at addressing the challenge of access, standards and cost of healthcare which have remained the greatest impediments to ongoing reforms.

Health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said Kenya has adopted international best practices as it seeks to improve social health systems in the country.

She said the delivery of the Universal Health Coverage is premised on an ecosystem that is greater than just the healthcare sector but that which must be enabling to the sector.

Speaking at the same forum, Kenya Editors Guild president Churchill Otieno said the association keenly follows how audiences receive the various reports published by the media.

He said the public remains interested on the national health strategy, cost of healthcare and how the government prioritizes both curative and preventive measures.

He said the media will remain committed to the cause of public interest even as he lauded ongoing efforts implemented by the health ministry aimed at improving health service delivery in the country.

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