Nairobi,KENYA:A new public opinion poll (Sauti za Wananchi) by Twaweza East Africa shows that 7 out of 10 Kenyans (68 percent) do not have health insurance.
In a press statement, the polls show that almost a half, (47 percent) of Kenyans feel that availability of drugs and cost in the health sector are the core challenges facing health sector in the country.
Amongst those who have health insurance, 9 out 10 (88 percent) mentioned NHIF and 14 percent a private health insurance by employers. 53 percent indicated reason of not having the insurance is due to un affordability, 13 per cent lack of awareness and 12 percent lack of information on how it works.
“The Constitution of Kenya guarantees every individual the right to the highest attainable standard of health, which includes the right to health care services. It is unfortunate that many of the citizens are
not able to access quality and timely health services.” Brezhnev Otieno, Advocacy Manager for Kenya, Twaweza said
The survey also indicated that last time they were ill or injured, 74 per cent of Kenyans sought treatment from a government health facility, 16 percent went to a Private/NGO health facility, 8 percent to a pharmacy.
In relation to emergency health services, half of Kenyans, 48 percent do not know of an ambulance that can be called to their village or area for an emergency.
Among citizens who are aware of local ambulance services available to them, 86 percent stated that the county government, 10 percent by private entities, provides this.
42 percent of the households reported having someone who has been screened for high blood pressure, followed by 29 percent for diabetes and 25 percent for any type of cancer.
Health practitioners were mentioned as the main sources of health-related information by 51 percent of citizens while 20 percent was radio and 14 percent family.
Data were collected from 1,783 respondents and survey was conducted between 7th and 28th June 2016.