Kenya – Government Policy Hinders Access to Medical Care for the Poor
The government has been urged to review policies that hinder access to medical services and care of chronic conditions among poor urban dwellers.
According to research done by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), 17% of people living in urban slums suffer from diabetes or hypertension and cannot get screening services or drugs partly due to government policies that restrict delivery of these services to doctors operating from the district hospital level or above. As such, lower health facilities that are within reach of this population are not equipped with the necessary equipments for screening conditions such as diabetes and hypertension and even the medical staff are not trained on how to handle and care for such patients.
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