It has been said a society is judged by the manner in which it handles its most vulnerable persons.
We also know ill-health that incapacitates an otherwise well-functioning individual creates a level of helplessness and vulnerability that can make one question their very reason for being.
For a long time, access to healthcare of acceptable quality has been a factor of socio-economic status. Poorer countries have accepted third-rate health systems, subjecting their populations to increased morbidity and mortality as well as a poorer quality of life because of their poverty.
Even within countries, wealthier individuals and families have been able to access the best healthcare in the world, wherever it is to be found, while poorer people have had to make do with what is essentially voodoo in the name of public health systems. The new Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, came into office with the promise of making universal health coverage (UHC) a top priority across the world. He has continued to push an aggressive campaign to get countries to sign on and help make it a reality.
In the past few weeks, President Uhuru Kenyatta has been setting out the priorities for his government over the coming five years, and it is gratifying to note that for the first time in our history health is ranking as one of the four priorities his government has decided