Major challenges facing the Health sector in Kenya

The following are major challenges facing the Health sector in Kenya.

  • Increase in population has posed major challenges to the government in the provision of healthcare services to its citizens. There has been a challenge of inadequate doctors and medical facilities.
  • The cost- sharing policy introduced in the 1980s to help buy medicine and other equipment has prevented the poor from going to the hospitals.
  • The spread of HIV and AIDS and other diseases such as Diabetes and Heart diseases has worsened the situation.
  • Cultural practices like Female mutilation have made provision of medical services more challenging.
  • Pollution of the environment has increased allergy-related ailments, many of which have no cure.
  • Poverty and malnutrition render many people vulnerable to diseases.
  • Illegal abortion and early pregnancies endanger the lives of mothers.
  • High rate of accidents and injuries , especially on roads.

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