Kenya Tobacco Control and Health Promotion Alliance (KTCHPA) has expressed optimism that Kenya will now have a ministry of Health free from Corruption and scandals.
In an exclusive interview with Taarifa News, KTCHPA Chairman Joel Gitali stated that the MOH under the outgoing Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe had a lot of issues which made even the Tobacco Control Board to become dysfuntional as they unable to carry out their duties well.
“Afya House has been very strange to us since Mutahi took office. We hope with the new government now in place, things will be well and the many scandals and corruption cases at MOH will come to an end,” Gitali stated.
He further stated that a good healthy nation cannot be achieved if people who don’t care are still left in an important Ministry such as MOH.
He advised the President not to leave those who will be got guilty but instead they should face the law.
On the implementation of the Tobacco and Nicotine products tax, Gitali said it’s good for the tax which takes effect from October as it reduces consumption when the prices are high.
“I hope now the government will cooperate with us in the fight against the usage of tobacco and Nicotine products. I expect that now the Tobacco Control fund and other tobacco and nicotine product policies will be implemented,” he added.
Further, Gitali has hoped that in every financial year the taxation on Tobacco and Nicotine products will always be increased to achieve a healthy and better nation.
According to research, at least 4.2 Million Kenyans are directly exposed to cancer, through habits of smoking that puts them and those close to them at high risk