Raila promises medical insurance to all Kenyans if he becomes president

Raila promises medical insurance to all Kenyans if he becomes president

File image of ODM leader Raila Odinga. PHOTO|COURTESY

  •  Odinga reiterated that the government will cater for those who will not be able to pay for their insurance.

ODM leader Raila Odinga has maintained that every Kenyan will receive medical insurance covers in his government if he becomes president after the 2022 elections.

While speaking at the opening of the KMTC Awendo Campus in Migori County on Thursday, Odinga reiterated that his administration will cater for those who will not be able to pay for their insurance.

"From next year we will be able to roll out the universal healthcare so that every Kenyan citizen will have insurance. Those who are unable to pay for themselves, the government will pay for them, so that people are properly covered in terms of medical insurance," said Odinga.

Mr. Odinga also promised that medical and health facilities shall be upgraded to ensure there is a level five hospital in every sub-county. He added that robust training will be offered to health workers.

"We have also said that we want to upgrade all our health facilities, that in each and every sub-county we will be having a level five hospital. We also want to roll out training to our people in all our sub-counties and that is important to us as a people," added Odinga.

The former premier reiterated that healthcare was a necessity, adding that all efforts will be made to uplift the country's health sector.

"Healthcare is not a charity, healthcare is a necessity to all our people and I have said that is it is unacceptable that our people should be dying from curable diseases, we are saying that this must end," he said.

Odinga was accompanied by Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi, Kisii Governor James Ongwae, Kakamega Governor Wycliff Oparanya, Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti, Suba MP John Mbadi and Suna East MP Junet Mohammed.