Author: Remmy Butia

01 Dec
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WORLD AIDS DAY 2020: NANDI COUNTY COMMITTED TO FIGHT AIDS AMIDST COVID-19 PANDEMIC

This year, 32 years after the first World AIDS Day, the observance is marked amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. Nandi County healthcare workers and partners that care for people living with HIV have worked tirelessly to continue to provide vital services.

World AIDS Day this year finds us still deep amid another pandemic – COVID-19.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s World AIDS Day holds extra significance.

The County department of health is marking this day differently by giving the “Maisha packs” to the most vulnerable PLHIV identified at Comprehenaive Care Center.

“As a department, we are committed to continue to work in the context of COVID-19 pandemic. We are not forgetting the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ruth Koech, CEC for Health.

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17 Nov
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WORLD PREMATURITY DAY 2020

Celebrated since 2009, World Prematurity Day is an opportunity to call attention to the heavy burden of death and disability and the pain and suffering that preterm birth causes. It is also a chance to talk about solutions.

“World Prematurity Day 2020, Together for babies born too soon – Caring for the future”. This year’s messaging focus lies on:

√ Supporting families

√ Supporting healthcare professionals

√ Strengthening healthcare systems

Together for Babies Born too Soon – Caring for the Future

To promote care for preterm babies, the County Government of Nandi has established Kangaroo Mother Care Units in Nandi Hills County Hospital and at Serem Health Centre. Kangaroo Mother Care (or skin-to-skin care), is a simple, easy method of caring for newborn infants where the mother uses her own body temperature to keep her infant warm. Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is particularly useful for nursing low birth weight infants (infants with a birth weight below 2500 g). KMC provides the infant with the basic needs for survival, i.e. mother’s warmth, stimulation, breast milk, love and protection.

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04 Nov
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MOTHERS RECEIVE MOTHER AND BABY PACKS FROM SAFARICOM FOUNDATION

Mothers in Nandi can look forward not only to the arrival of their baby, but also to a special maternity care package issued by the County government. Over the past two years, mothers receive a Mama bag, which can also double as a temporary crib, filled with essential items. The pack includes a baby towel, baby wrap, spirit swabs for cord care, napkin, baby cloth, baby powder and baby oil, sponge and a pictorial guide on breastfeeding and best infant care practices.

Improving maternal health and encouraging expectant women to deliver at a health facility is a priority for the County Government of Nandi. Several interventions are being implemented to boost institutional delivery.

The Safaricom Foundation visited Kapsabet County Referral Hospital to deliver Mother and Baby Packs to mothers at the hospital maternity unit. This is in line with Safaricom’s maternal health pillar which seeks to promote Maternal, Newborn and Child Health services.

Aside from being a nice welcome-to-the-family gesture from Safaricom, the Mother and Baby Packs are meant to give each and every child an equal start in life, said Henry Kilonzo, Senior Manager in charge of Foundations Programs at Safaricom.

The newborn kits are also utilised to sensitize mothers on what they need to prepare before delivery, how to promote hygiene and how to look after their newborn babies using the contents therein.

Present at the event were the County Director for Health Dr. David Bungei, Kapsabet County Referral Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Daniel Kemboi, County RH Coordinator Irene Berenge among other health officials.

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19 Oct
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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICES AS STAFF TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

Operations have been disrupted at key county government offices after 8 employees at the County Headquarters tested positive for coronavirus.

At least 6 officials at the Finance Department, 5 from the County Headquarters, 1 from the Department of Health and 1 from the Department of Administration, Public Service and e-Government were found to be infected and told to isolate for two weeks, according to a memo released on Sunday by the County Secretary Dr. Francis Sang.

“Following the latest testing for COVID-19 in our County Government, it has come to our attention that 8 officers tested positive for the disease. Offices of the Governor, Deputy Governor, Administration, Public Service and e-Government, Headquarters, Health Department Headquarters shall remain closed for 14 days effective Monday October 19,” read the memo.

It said all staffers will be tested again after two weeks in quarantine.

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09 Sep
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KOICA ALUMNI KENYA CHAPTER DONATES THERMAL GUNS TO BOOST COVID-19 FIGHT

KOICA alumni Kenya Chapter (KAKC) has donated 45 thermal guns to the County Department of Health to help in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

The initiative is in line with Nandi County’s COVID-19 Response plan which seeks to strengthen health systems and enhance the capacity of health workers to address the Coronavirus disease challenge.

The donation was delivered by Siddy Jepkirui, KAKC Secretary General in a bid to ensure the fight against the spread of the deadly virus COVID-19 is undertaken back to the grass-root level.

The thermal guns will be distributed to various health facilities in the County.

While receiving the donations, the CEC for Health Ruth Koech applauded KAKC for its help to the county.

The CEC noted that people need to continue adhering to COVID-19 prevention strategies recommended by the government such as frequent hand washing with soap and water, social distancing and wearing masks while in public.

“By doing this, we not only slow down the spread of the disease but also show our appreciation to healthcare workers that are working round the clock to save lives and protect us from COVID-19,” she added.

Present at the brief event was the Sally Kemboi, Chief Officer Preventive and Promotive Services Sally Kemboi.

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29 Aug
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KEMSA DELIVERS 35 MILLION WORTH OF DRUGS

The County Government of Nandi has increased the stock level of assorted drugs to enable health facilities within the county to boost health care service delivery.

County Pharmacist Dr. Andrew Kisang said the consignment will be distributed to all public health facilities in the county.

The consignment will replenish the available stock.

The essential supplies ensures all health facilties have drugs for the next 3 months in place.

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28 Aug
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BRIDGING THE IMMUNIZATION GAP: PARTNERING WITH JOURNALISTS

Immunization services have been disrupted significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, threatening the achievements in the eradication and elimination of major vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) like polio and measles.

Reporting on efforts to prevent infectious diseases through immunization is a key part of health coverage. Journalists play an important role in examining public health efforts and in helping readers and viewers understand how and why vaccines are used.

Main-stream and social media channels in Nandi County are being mobilised and inspired to effectively combat the spread of misinformation and educate their audiences on the benefits of vaccines, how they work, and the consequences of the antivaccine movement for society at large.

Earlier today, the County Department of Health in partnership with Kenyan AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO) held a sensitization forum for Journalists from Nandi on the immunization status, the number of children targeted for immunization and the negative effects of anti-vaccine campaigns in the media.

The objective of the sensitization included creating public awareness on vaccines through the provision of accurate and balanced information; mobilizing fellow journalists against negative press regarding vaccination; mobilizing the support of religious leaders, traditional leaders, and other stakeholders to address noncompliance to immunization; monitoring and evaluating immunization exercises in the county at all times; and providing feedback to communities and policy makers on progress and remaining challenges. The department of health offered to provide technical support to further organize enlightenment activities, first with their peers on immunization and then in the communities that resist vaccines.

Preventable diseases include diarrheal diseases, Pneumonia, Measles, Polio, Whooping Cough, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Meningitis, Yellow fever, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis, and Cervical cancer (caused by human papillomavirus).

“We must all increase our commitment to reaching all the children and pregnant women in Nandi County,” said Rachel Rop, County EPI Coordinator.

She also urged parents to get their children vaccinated against all vaccine preventable diseases adding: “Remember immunization is the most cost effective intervention.”

Immunization services are essential and should be maintained as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) and protect children.

As a way forward, healthcare workers and journalists committed to regularly inform communities about the status and availability of routine immunization services and campaigns. Regular communication will help to reduce confusion about availability and purpose of immunization services, increase awareness of the necessary precautions in place at the immunization session site to prevent Covid-19 transmission and prepare community members who need to attend the vaccination session.

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26 Aug
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RELIGIOUS LEADERS JOIN COVID-19 FIGHT IN NANDI COUNTY

In this unprecedented time of the global pandemic of COVID-19 virus, religious and faith-based institutions and teachings, as well as traditional actors, can positively contribute to preventing the spread of the virus and serve as a source of comfort and stability. Religious and traditional actors are frequently well-positioned to respond and communicate information and teachings to their communities in times of crisis.

Faith leaders have a central role in guiding their members towards healthy behavior change and providing spiritual, pastoral and practical support to those in need.

The County Government of Nandi in partnership with German Organization; DSW is collaborating with faith organizations through the Department of Health to bolster outreach to communities on health education and safety about COVID-19 and reproductive health issues. Sensitization meetings have so far been held in Mosop, Emgwen, Tinderet and Nandi Hills Sub Counties and will be rolled out to others in counties by end of next week.

“We encourage and support the efforts of the faith communities in the fight against Coronavirus and reproductive health issues,” said Jane Samoei, County Head of Health Promotion.

“We work with their leaders because they are major stakeholders with credible links and influence among communities,” she added.

In the current state around the COVID-19 crisis, the impact on girls and women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights will have a truly devasting impact on the futures of girls and young women.

However, not all is lost. The Department of Health and DSW, have been fulfilling its mission to increase sustainable health access to communities through solutions in health services delivery.

The County Government continues to improve access to health services for women, men, adolescents and the youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has seen an increase in the availability and provision of family planning (FP), reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services in rural areas.

Covid-19 is leading to a shadow pandemic of gender-based violence – and rates of child marriage, teenage pregnancy predicted to increase exponentially – information and services that protect and promote girls’ and young women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights are more vital than ever.

The County Department of Health and DSW through religious leaders are promoting parental support to ensure access to essential sexual and reproductive health and rights services.

“During this period of Covid-19, Governments and the private sector should work together to ensure continuity in the supply chain of contraceptives and essential medicines for those living with HIV,” said Mark Gachagua, DSW.

Access to effective contraception is one of the most cost-effective interventions to reduce maternal mortality through preventing unintended pregnancy, thereby protecting an individual’s physical and mental health and it is important for people to be able to continue to access contraceptive information and services during the outbreak. Ensuring that people have access to the contraceptive services they need also reduces avoidable pressures on the health system to manage the consequences of unintended pregnancy.

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20 Aug
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PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN PRACTICE: COLLABORATING TO IMPROVE HEALTH SECTOR IN NANDI

Public-private collaborations in the provision of health services is key in achieving the Universal health coverage (UHC) in Nandi.

The health sector PPP has brought immense benefits to the residents of Nandi County and has been embraced whole heartedly.

The CEC for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech accompanied by Kapsimotwa Ward MCA Rael Rotich, Tindiret Sub County MoH Dr. Kibor, the local administration and Eastern Produce Kenya management toured the Chepsire Health Centre being refurbished with support from Twinings UK and SHOPS Plus in preparation for its operationalization.

The County Government’s ambitious plan to provide universal and affordable healthcare is thus well placed.

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22 Jul
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NANDI COUNTY RECEIVES PPEs FROM EQUITY GROUP FOUNDATION TO AID IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID – 19

The County Government of Nandi has upscaled its preparedness to combat coronavirus pandemic through a donation of PPEs Equity Group Foundation.

The consignments include disposables gowns, surgical masks, N95 respiratory masks, nitrile gloves, head/hair covers, shoe covers and gumboots.

The equipment is intended to ensure that the frontline workers are not infected with the disease in the line of duty.

The event was graced by Governor Stephen Sang and Chief Commercial Officer (COO) in Equity Bank Polycarp Igathe took place at Nandi Hills County Hospital where equipment such as surgical face masks, gloves, gumboots and gowns were issued.

Igathe lauded the County Government of Nandi for being at the forefront of protecting her health workers and also for establishing the Nandi Hills Isolation Center.

Governor Sang, while receiving the donations, thanked Equity Bank for the donation which he said would go a long way in cushioning health workers against infection as they worked in their respective workplaces.

Present at the event were CEC for Health Ruth Koech, Nandi Hills Ward MCA Hon. Gideon Koech.

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