Despite missing out last year largely because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Quality Healthcare Kenya awards are making a return this year. The QHK awards seek to honor excellence and innovation in the Kenyan health sector with this year’s theme being measuring healthcare quality for system improvement.
During the 1st QHK awards in 2019, the then Health Cabinet Secretary Cicily Kariuki had highlighted the importance of universal Healthcare noting that ‘it aims at providing quality services for a more productive and equitable economy.” Participants were in agreement that if more emphasis was put on quality, it would reduce the health indicators that are a burden to the Country.
The awards Gala will take place on 7th of April, recognized globally as World Health Day, at the Safari park hotel.
Submission of awards entries commenced last year but activities hit a wall due to the effects of the pandemic and the consequential regulations that were put in place to curb its spread.
The adverse effects of the pandemic, triggered the introduction of a new category to award excellence in response to Covid 19 with the finalists being The Nairobi hospital, Mint Covid – 19 fund and St Theresa Mission hospital – Kiirua.
Some of the new names this year that made it on the nomination list include The Ruai Family Healthcare whose Baraka card was nominated in the Healthcare financing innovation category alongside mamaprime by Flexitech group ltd and Mint health fund. Another category to look out for is the county with the best managed healthcare with Mombasa, Tharaka Nithi and Nakuru counties battling it out to dethrone 2019 winners, Makueni County.
Voting is only open to the public in the People’s Choice category while other categories’ fate lies in the panel of judges.
Congratulations to all the nominees as they strive to improve standards of health service delivery.
By Solomon Koko