· A statement was raised regarding alleged refusal by insurance companies to cover patients affected by COVID-19 in hospitals beyond the designated government facilities;
· A Statement was made concerning global efforts to eradicate cervical cancer;
· A Statement was requested from the Departmental Committee on Tourism, Trade and Industrialization on the protection of local investor in multinationals companies in Kenya with a case example of Sport Pesa Global Holdings Limited;
· A statement was sought from the Standing Committee on Roads and Transportation concerning road safety;
· A statement was sought from the Standing Committee on Health on the status of funds allocated to county governments, as donations by the international community, to aid in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic;
· A statement was sought from the Standing Committee on Finance and Budget regarding the quality of the new generation currency notes;
· A statement was sought from the Standing Committee on National Security, Defence and Foreign Relations concerning security along the Kenyan borders.
· A statement was sought from the Standing Committee on Tourism, Trade and Industrialization concerning alleged failure by M/S Trident Insurance Company Limited to settle claims.
· A Statement was mad in regards to the Commemoration of World Aid Day in the Context of Covid-19 Pandemic.
PROVISION OF MONTHLY STIPEND AND OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES TO CANCER PATIENTS IN IDENTIFIED COUNTY HOSPITALS
The House was informed that in Kenya, cancer is estimated to be the third leading cause of death after infectious and cardio-vascular diseases, with the annual incidence of cancer closing in on 37,000 new cases with an annual mortality of 28,000. Further, that the economic impact of cancer is significant, and is increasing with staggering consequences occasioned by increased medical costs, lost income, and the financial, physical and emotional burden placed on families and caregivers during treatment time.
Acknowledging that Kenya is among the state parties that signed and ratified the Abuja Declaration that affirmed that state parties shall set aside at least 15% of their annual budget to improve the health sector, and that Article 43(1)(a) of the Constitution of Kenya states that everyone has a right to the highest attainable standards of health; Noting that, the Mission of the Ministry of Health National Cancer Control Strategy 2016-2020 is to implement a coordinated and responsive cancer control framework that leads to the reduction in incidence, morbidity and mortality through effective partnerships for collaborations for prevention, diagnostics, treatment, palliation and financing of cancer control activities to improve wellbeing of Kenyans; Concerned that gaps in the existing legislative framework such as discriminatory practices in the form of coverage limits and bureaucracies by the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) and private insurance firms that result in delayed diagnosis, incomplete cancer treatments and inadequate follow-ups that contribute to poor outcomes for cancer patients; Therefore, the Senate calls upon the Ministry of Health in partnership with the Council of Governors to:
a) Incorporate county cancer support services in their annual development plan;
b) Partner with stakeholders to create support including counseling services; and
c) Provide cancer patients with free prescriptions, wigs for those who have lost their hair, improvised breasts where applicable, and a subsidy for prostheses.
THE REPORT OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BUILDING BRIDGES TO A UNITED KENYA TASKFORCE
The House adopted the Report of the Standing Committee on Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights on the Constitutional amendments proposed in the Report of the Steering Committee on the Implementation of the Building Bridges to a United Kenya Taskforce Report, laid on the Table of the House.
ADJOURNMENT OF THE SENATE
It was noted that pursuant to Standing Orders 28 and 29, the Senate adjourns until Tuesday, 9th February, 2021.