LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The country’s consortium on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is on the knees of Malawi government to seriously meet the needs for quality health services in public hospitals.
Government is therefore labored to increase equitable access to and improve quality of health care services.
This also includes implementation of health insurance scheme that will see those in formal sector paying to subsidies health services further.
The call comes in the sidelines of global commemoration of UHC that falls on December 12 yearly.
Universal Health Coverage Coalition (UHCC) Chairperson George Jobe told the new conference on Thursday in the capital Lilongwe that in view of this year’s theme, the consortium expects action plans to guarantee health as a right not a privilege.
Jobe says government including every player must do their part to ensure that Malawi has strong equitable health systems where no one is left behind.
“Essential health services must be accessible by all people without financial hardship. We recognize that UHC cuts across all the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and brings hope of better health and protection or the world’s poorest.
“All leaders must keep the promise which has been made over the years to ensure that Malawi achieves universal health coverage”, urges Jobe.
Health Ministry Secretary Dr. Dan Namalika assured the nation of government commitment towards meeting UHC promises through implementation of Health Sector Strategic Plan II (HSSP II 2017-2022).
“The strategy has provided the road map for multi-sectoral approach to health improvement where the civil society, communities has been recognized as key stakeholders responsible for advocating and sustaining the political will for government and development partners’ action in implementation monitoring and accountability for UHC”, assures Dr. Namalika.
Universal Health Coverage ensures that all people have access to needed health services; prevention, promotion, treatment, rehabilitation and population of sufficient quality to be effective.
The initiative also ensures that use of health services do not expose the user to the financial hardships.