Category: Medicals Services

09 Sep
By: Remmy Butia 0

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
By: Remmy Butia 0

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
By: Remmy Butia 0

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
By: Remmy Butia 0

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
By: Remmy Butia 0

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
By: Remmy Butia 0

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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03 Jul
By: Remmy Butia 0

SENSITIZATION SESSION WITH COMMUNITY INFLUENCERS & WOMEN LEADERS ON PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF COVID-19

In response to the growing Covid-19 pandemic, the County Department of Health in partnership with German organization DSW is raising awareness to prevent the spread of the disease.

In communities, COVID-19 is threatening the already fragile markets, food security and healthcare systems that people rely on.

COVID-19 prevention measures also have an effect on young and pregnant women, with their access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) facilities and services now regulated more strictly due to risk of coronavirus infection.

One of the most effective ways to combat the spread of COVID-19 and limit its impact is by building people’s knowledge and awareness. The County Government is promoting preventative action in communities, including practising good hygiene and physical distancing measures, in line with national government guidelines and recognised best practice.

The department of health has held a series of sensitization forums targeting community resource persons in Nandi Hills, Chesumei and Mosop Sub Counties.

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26 Jun
By: Remmy Butia 0

SENSITIZING COMMUNITY LEADERS TO PREVENT AND PREPARE FOR COVID-19

The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has disrupted the day-to-day lives of people all over the world.

Nandi County Department of Health and DSW are working together on reproductive health and COVID-19 prevention and preparedness in the County. A critical part of COVID-19 prevention and preparedness is sensitising communities to ensure that there is social behavioural change in hygiene practices, social distancing and people can distinguish between fact and fiction on the COVID-19. That way, children, women and all communities can better prepare for the threat imposed by the disease.

In light of this, the Department of Health organized key stakeholder sensitization meetings in Aldai and Emgwen Sub Counties on COVID-19. The overall objective of the meetings was to discuss and agree on effective ways of disseminating COVID-19 prevention and reproductive health messages. The key stakeholders who attended the meeting comprised of chiefs, civil society, traditional authorities, religious leaders, youth and women leaders.

Nandi County Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Chairperson Sarah Kosgei emphasised the need to develop new ways of recognizing the role of grassroot communities and to amplify bottom-up processes in decision-making. She said the fundamental role of community leaders had been demonstrated during the pandemic and they have become indispensable partners in the humanitarian space both in urban and rural areas.

“The pandemic has triggered an unprecedented crisis that is much more than a health crisis,” said Nandi County Youth Bunge President Nicholas Kibet.

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24 Jun
By: Remmy Butia 0

COVID-19: SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH STAKEHOLDERS SENSITIZATION HELD

As part of COVID-19 response, the County Government of Nandi in partnership with DSW is working in our communities to provide sexual and reproductive health to community resource persons. Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and rights is a significant public health issue during the epidemics.

The County Government of Nandi is extending response to community members, to further educate people on the importance of sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls. We are sensitizing community response persons, to encourage young people and community members to stay educated and open to discussing sexual and reproductive health issues.

Today, County health officials held a sensitization workshop on Covid-19 and reproductive health for community resource persons in Tinderet Sub County attended by the Administration, teachers, youth, women and religious representatives. The sensitization is meant to equip the citizens in the county with knowledge on Covid-19 and reproductive health issues.

The COVID-19 pandemic poses particular threats to rural women who face greater difficultly in protecting themselves from transmission due to lack of information, resources, and access to social services. Women’s societal roles as caregivers, both within their own households and for others, places them at greater risk of infection and exacerbates the impact of COVID-19 in their lives.

It is also important to recognise that reproductive health issues may not be restricted to women, but that men may also suffer consequences.

“Today’s sensitization was important. We shared with community leaders the necessary preventative measures to reduce the spread and what to do when people start showing symptoms of the disease,” said Jane Samoei, County Health Advocacy Officer.

Also present were Japhet Ruto, County Disease Surveillance officer and Rachel Rop, County EPI Coordinator and health Officials from Tinderet Sub County.

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13 Sep
By: Evans Sirma 0

COUNTY STEPS UP WAR AGAINST RABIES

World Rabies Day is an International event that takes place each year on September 28. World Rabies Day aims to raise awareness among the community about the impact of rabies on humans and animals, provide information and advice on how to prevent the disease, and how individuals and organizations can help eliminate the main global sources. Rabies is a neglected disease with devastating consequences. Comparatively, the cost of post-exposure treatment in human is approximately 50 times higher than prevention through vaccination of the animals which are the main source of the infection. This year, the departments of livestock, health and sanitation and that of Sports in partnership with Sharon Live On Foundation http://sharonliveonfoundation.org will hold Nandi Run 4 Rabies 10km race and 2km Kids race on September 22 at the Kapsabet showground to create rabies awareness in Kapsabet ward, Emgwen sub county.

Speaking in his office during a meeting with officials from Sharon Live On Foundation and Athletics Kenya – Nandi Chapter, the county director for health Dr. Joseph Kangor said rabies is a big threat to the lives of Nandi residents, but some dog owners don’t know the risks of keeping a dog which has not been vaccinated.

The county government is now spearheading vaccination programmes which will be held in all major towns, as well as rural settlements in Nandi.

“Regardless of whether or not the area is accessible by road, we will try to reach out as far as possible, especially areas along the sugar belt since the regions have high cases of dog bites owing to the fact that sugar plantations are home to stray dogs,” said Dr. Kangor.

Dr. Kangor further called for partners to join in the fight against rabies saying the human anti-rabies vaccines are too costly.

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