The Ministry of Health in Kenya is taking proactive steps to prevent foodborne diseases. The government of Kenya is actively involved in making sure that the people of the country can get access to quality healthcare. Accordingly, achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is one of the Ministry’s most critical mandates.
Accordingly, Principal Secretary Mary Muthoni Muriuki hosted a significant engagement with the health sector stakeholders. She led the Ministry’s team in a crucial multi-stakeholder meeting. During the meeting, they discussed several issues. Primarily, the conference focussed on the Proposed Food and Feed Safety Control Coordination Bill.
The Ministry of Health in Kenya acknowledges that the country’s people have the constitutional right to access quality food and clean water. Accordingly, they are working diligently to provide respite to the people from these prevalent diseases in the nation. The Ministry of Health shared the glimpses from the meeting. The meeting took place on Wednesday, July 27, 2023.
Accordingly, the Ministry of Health stated that there are over 200 diseases linked to contaminated food and water. Further, they said that enhancing food safety is vital to reducing healthcare costs and promoting public health. The Ministry of Health in the government of Kenya collaborates with various stakeholders to implement and enforce comprehensive food safety legislation.
During the engagement, the Ministry of Health submitted amendments to the Bill. The Mistry state that the Bill aims to address policy gaps, strengthen food safety measures, and enhance verification mechanisms. Emphasizing the significance of coordinated efforts, PS Muthoni reaffirmed the Ministry’s full support for the Bill.
During the meeting, the Ministry of Health Principle Secretary addressed the other attendants of the meeting. This Bill is a critical step in effectively coordinating all authorities involved in food control, and it plays a pivotal role in ensuring food safety in our nation. The Ministry stands firmly behind it,” said PS Muthoni.