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KMPDC to conduct nationwide categorization of Level 3 to 6 health facilities

Monday, June 3rd, 2024 17:06 | By
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The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Council (KMPDC) will be conducting a nationwide categorization of level 3 to 6 health facilities.

In a statement on Monday, June 3, 2024, KMPDC announced that the exercise will be handled in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other regulatory bodies.

“KMPDC in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other regulatory bodies will conduct a nationwide categorization of Level 3 to 6 health facilities from 3rd to 28th June 2024,” KMPDC statement reads.

The exercise will evaluate facilities based on services, human resource capacity, medical equipment, and infrastructure.

“This crucial exercise will evaluate facilities based on services, human resource capacity, medical equipment, and infrastructure,” KMPDC said.

KMPDC stated that the healthcare system upgrade will ensure the accessibility of affordable and high-quality care for all Kenyans.

 “The goal is to enhance the healthcare system, ensuring accessible, affordable, and high-quality care for all Kenyans. We urge all healthcare providers to fully cooperate,” KMPDC stated.

Health facilities

According to the Kenya Health Facility Census 2023 report, which targeted 14,366 health facilities; 12,384 facilities across all counties were fully assessed translating to 101% coverage. Public, private, and faith-based/non-governmental organizations' health facilities accounted for 47%, 46%, and 8% of the assessed health facilities respectively.

 All Level 6 facilities were government-owned while most of Level 4 (49%) and Level 5 (44%) were privately owned. A total of 2,633 facilities did not appear in the Kenya Master Facility List, most of them being new; 12 facilities were duplicated in the KMFL (some of these are facilities had moved to new locations and had gotten new KMFL codes) and many facilities claimed they were misclassified in the KMFL. Several facilities had mismatched names or were misplaced between Counties.

The majority of health facilities that provided specialized outpatient services offered obstetrics/gynaecology (69%), paediatrics (61%), general surgery (57%) and internal medicine (57%).

A minority of these facilities offered renal services (21%), cardiology (18%), neurology (15%), endocrinology (11%) rheumatology (11%) and cardiothoracic/vascular surgery (7%).

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