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Wetangula backs Ruto’s new healthcare plan

By Mercy Simiyu October 25th, 2023 2 min read

National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula has backed the government’s new healthcare plan which was recently unveiled by President William Ruto.

Speaking at the burial of Mr Alfred Nakitare in his native Bungoma, Wetang’ula highlighted the government’s unwavering commitment to providing financial assistance to vulnerable individuals, ensuring they have access to top-tier healthcare.

He also pointed out the critical importance of providing free treatment for chronic illnesses and accidents, including those arising from boda boda accidents, as an essential component of healthcare accessibility.

In addition to his focus on healthcare, Wetang’ula commended President Ruto for reducing fertilizer costs, which is set to benefit local farmers significantly.

“President Ruto’s decision to lower fertilizer costs from Kshs. 6,000 to Kshs. 2,500 offers a more affordable option for farmers,” He stated.

He also stressed the importance of preparedness for natural disasters, such as the El Niño rains, and the need for healthcare facilities to be adequately equipped to handle health emergencies during such events.

Wetang’ula further rallied the Western Region to stand united in supporting President Ruto in fulfilling his promises, particularly appreciating the reduction in fertilizer costs, which will enable farmers to prosper during harvests and adequately prepare for the upcoming planting season.

The Speaker offered words of comfort during the farewell burial ceremony, drawing inspiration from the Holy Bible and encouraging attendees not to grieve but to find solace in the belief that Mr. Nakitare had found eternal peace, following the path destined by God.

This significant farewell ceremony brought together a multitude of prominent leaders, including Bungoma Senator Hon. David Wakoli, local MP Hon. Martin Wanyonyi (Webuye East), Hon. John Chikati (Tongaren), Hon. Didmus Baraza (Kimilili), Hon. John Makali (Kanduyi), Hon. Catherine Wambilianga (Bungoma County MP), Hon. Martin Peters Owino (Dhiwa), County Members of County Assembly, Ford Kenya Party Officials, and other esteemed local dignitaries.

Under the new health plan, salaried Kenyans are required to pay significantly more to access treatment.

In return, President Ruto announced that access to healthcare would no longer be based on the ability to pay. Rather, it will be based on the health needs of every Kenyan. On emergency and chronic illness for example, the Head of State stressed every Kenyan will be treated in every hospital without any questions or need to make prior payments.

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