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Include people who use drugs in Universal Health Care program

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[Reachout Centre Trust Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman. Photo/The Correspondent]

The yet to be launched Universal Healthcare program should fully include persons who use drugs, an anti- drug lobby has said.

Reachout Centre Trust an anti drug lobby in the county has asked the central government to fully include key populations in the new health care system before its official launch.

Reachout Centre Trust Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman said that people who use drugs were in dire need of health services and awareness in a bid to tame HIV prevalence in the country.

Speaking in Mombasa, Taib said that the Universal healthcare program should reach all people who use drugs and ensure that they access health services at their door step.

According to Mr. Taib, drug users have been for the longest time discriminated in various health programs.

“If we exclude key populations and specifically people who use drugs, we will not achieve the key objectives of this particular health care system,” he said.

Meanwhile Taib has appealed for proper plans before the launch of the Universal healthcare program.

He said UHC should enable Kenyans access health services at their door steps.

He also called for proper management of all the resources set aside for the realization of the Universal health care program.

“What we have witnessed at the NHIF where millions of shillings were swindled shocked us as health stakeholders,” he noted.

Taib appealed to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to dig into all those involved in the embezzlement of NHIF funds so as Kenyans do not feel wasting their taxes to few greedy people.