Kenya secures Ksh8.1 billion loan from Japan to boost Universal Health Coverage

The Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on August 27 has announced a Ksh8.1 billion loan to Kenya, according to a news report by Kenyans.co.ke.

The loan is aimed at boosting the attainment of Universal Health Coverage as part of President ’s Big Four Agenda.

Japan offered Kenya a repayment period of 30 years with a grace period of a decade with the country’s debt burden increasing. The agreement was reached between the Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Ryoichi Horie and Treasury CS Ukur Yatani.

Speaking during the daily briefing at Afya House, Horie revealed that the amount is an addition to a Ksh 4 billion loan previously signed.

“This morning I have signed an exchange note titled Policy Loan for Attainment of the Universal Health Coverage with Honourable Yatani of Treasury at his office.

“The total amount of more than Ksh8 billion. We have done a first phase of the same assistance in the past amounting to Ksh4 billion,” he noted.

The loan is expected to support the country in efforts against COVID-19 by improving access to appropriate healthcare services and reducing the financial burden on the government.

Horie also revealed that the two countries would sign another exchange note on Friday, September 4, to disperse a grant aid for provisions of medical equipment that includes over 10 counties.

The Asian country will also provide 10 ambulances through the counterpart fund to help the country fight against the deadly virus.

In addition, Japan also donated 500 COVID-19 kits to KEMRI through JICA which will facilitate over 50,000 tests according to Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman.

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