In lieu of the recent news reports of Kenyan doctors striking, we (My Health Kenya) decided to launch a healthcare-themed social media campaign on Facebook. The following hypothetical question was posed:

“If you were the Minister of Health for Kenya, what law would you pass to better the health of the people and why?”

The response was overwhelming. We came to realize that the people of Kenya were very passionate when it came to their national healthcare. The suggested laws and solutions that were put forward ranged from extremely ludicrous and far-fetched to ingeniously practical.

After sifting through hundreds of comments and suggestions, we managed to compile a list of the top 5 most significant and most frequent suggestions. In order of importance, here they are:

Make free health insurance, or NHIF, for all Kenyans a basic human right. Some variations on this law included making speciality funding packages for infants and the elderly, as well as free healthcare for those struggling financially.

Abolish striking for all doctors and healthcare practitioners and make payment contractual.

Transfer the control of the health sector from the County Government to the National Government. Many people seemed to feel that the National Government would be more effective in running the healthcare of the country.

Ensure that all hospitals, both private and public, are well equipped and well maintained. Many of the people commenting felt that the hospitals needed to ensure that they also stayed up-to-date with the latest medical technology, for instance the mobile health app called “MHealth”.

Make it mandatory for all prominent and wealthy figures in the country to be treated in public hospitals. The main reasons for this suggestion appeared to be firstly in order to improve the national standard and secondly to make sure that it was no longer necessary for any Kenyan to seek healthcare abroad.

Some of the other frequently suggested laws included making eating a balanced diet and exercising mandatory, banning all tobacco products and legalizing medicinal marijuana.

Now that the campaign is coming to an end, one would expect the abundance of original ideas to start diminishing, however we seem to be discovering new insights and creative ideas every day.

This campaign has not only opened our eyes to the healthcare concerns that need to be addressed in Kenya, but it has also given us irrefutable evidence that the people of Kenya are extremely creative and resourceful and they will stop at nothing in order to keep improving their nation.

If you are interested in checking out the campaign that we conducted on Facebook, click here > My Health Kenya 

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