Nursing Council Of Kenya Board Launched

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Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has challenged government institutions to work harmoniously towards realizing the government health agenda.

Speaking on Monday during the inauguration of the nursing council of Kenya board, Kenya nuclear regulatory authority board, National cancer institute of Kenya board and the National Committee on Infant and Young Child Feeding, Kagwe said unity among the various government actors was critical in the quest to improve health outcomes in the country.

"At the end of the day, it's about our people. It's not just an arrangement but about our brothers and sisters. Sometimes we don't put that into perspective," observed the health CS.

He said the government remains committed to delivering the highest possible standard of health in a manner responsive to the needs of the citizenry. This even as he directed members of the various boards to stay true to their mission and observe integrity in their undertakings.

"Over the past few years, we have seen the reputation of government institutions dragged in the mud due to the misconduct of a few officials. I urge you to appraise yourselves with the provisions of the Mwongozo code and respect the separation of power between the management and the board. Let the management do its work while you play your oversight role," said Kagwe.

According to the health CS, Health is a fundamental right and an enabler of socio-economic development, with President Kenyatta having identified Universal Health Coverage as a key priority for the country in line with the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The nursing council of Kenya board is tasked with ensuring the delivery of safe and effective nursing and midwifery care, to the public, through quality education and best practices.

The Kenya nuclear regulatory authority, the national regulatory authority for radiation protection, nuclear security and nuclear safeguards, is tasked with regulating the peaceful use of ionizing radiation; ensuring the protection of occupationally exposed workers, patients undergoing medical radiation procedures, members of the public and the environment from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation, while at the same time ensuring that society enjoys optimal socio-economic benefits.

Also inaugurated was the National Cancer Institute of Kenya board, which was established in recognition of the need for a more coordinated health sector response to the growing cancer burden in Kenya, and will be expected to play a critical role in ensuring that systems are in place for prevention and those for cancer care delivery are in harmony.

At the same time, the health CS inaugurated the Committee on infant and young child feeding.

It was established in line with provisions of the breast milk substitutes Act which requires the Cabinet Secretary to establish a National Committee on Infant and Young Child Feeding and provides rules for the advertisement, promotion and labelling of designated or complementary food products, i.e. infant and young children's food as defined by the Act.

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