News Categories: Health and Sanitation

06 Aug
By: Remmy Butia 1

SAVANI BABY NURSING UNIT OPENED TO MARK WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK

Nandi County joined the rest of the world in marking the World Breastfeeding Week by encouraging more women to breastfeed their babies.

To promote breastfeeding and its many benefits for the mother and child, World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated the week between 1 and 7 August every year. The theme for 2020 is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. While breastfeeding is a healthy practice, many have immense misconceptions regarding it. This forms a major barrier to proper breastfeeding practices being implemented. Proper maternal counselling and awareness programmes are needed to completely dispel these myths.

In marking the WBW and raise awareness of the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week, the County Government of Nandi in partnership with Eastern Produce Kenya (EPK) launched Savani Baby Nursing Unit to support mothers in workplaces to start and sustain breastfeeding and to ensure that mothers have access to lactation knowledge and postpartum counselling.

Breastfeeding is important for a child as it provides the best possible start in life. It provides health nutritional and emotional benefits to both mother and children. Also, it makes part of a sustainable food system.

There are several advantages to breastfeeding. It is optimal for both mothers and babies. It can protect babies against infections and reduce the rates of later health problems like diabetes, obesity, and asthma. It is said that for mothers, breastfeeding helps the uterus to contract and bleeding to cease more quickly after delivery. Also, it reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer and helps to generate a great bond for mothers with their babies.

“Virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information and the support of their family, the healthcare system and society at large. Through our department, we will ensure women are empowered and have the right information and practical help to understand how to successfully breastfeed their babies,” said Ruth Koech, the CEC for Health and Sanitation.

“As a county, we are focusing on creating an environment that enables and supports women to breast-feed successfully,” she said.

Present at the event were the EPK Company Director Leah Chirchir, Maurice Ngetich, General Manager – West Operations, General Manager East Operations, Richard Koech, Kapsimotwa Ward MCA Hon. Rael Rotich, County Nutritionist Angeline Korir, Tindiret Sub County MoH Dr. Kibor among other guests.

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03 Jul
By: Remmy Butia 0

NANDI RESIDENTS BRAVE QUEUES AS COUNTY KICKS OFF CORONAVIRUS MASS TESTING FOR HOTELIERS

In a bid to stem the spread of the contagion, the County Government of Nandi has commenced a mass COVID-19 testing program targeting the business community in the region.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has triggered an unprecedented crisis in the hospitality sector, given the immediate and immense shock to the sector.

Top on the list of mass testing is the hospitality sector in a move aimed at ensuring all hotels and restaurants comply with the set public health measures against COVID-19 pandemic.

The exercise that kicked off at the Kenya Medical Training College, Mosoriot in Chesumei Sub County, Kapsabet County Referral Hospital in Emgwen and at Nandi Hills County Hospital in Nandi Hills Sub County targets over 400 hotel workers.

As of today, there are 4 Confirmed positive cases, one was discharged, 2 asymptomatic cases under medical observation at Nandi Hills County Hospital Isolation Center. One patient who was under Police custody is reported to have escaped and tracing is on.

All the 46 close contacts for the four confirmed cases have returned a negative test result. Surveillance/contact monitoring is ongoing.

Asymptomatic cases, also known as silent spreaders, are the patients who have tested COVID-19 positive but develop no symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat. However, they pose a risk of spreading the disease to others.

The County Department of Health is stressing national health guidance to stay at home and safe lives, encouraging residents to: ‘act like you’ve got it, anyone can spread it.’

All residents are reminded about the critical importance of regular hand-washing with soap and hot water for 20 seconds. The importance of this action cannot be underestimated.

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30 Jun
By: Remmy Butia 0

COUNTY PUTS UP ICU WARDS, 312 ISOLATION BEDS

The County Government of Nandi has established Intensive Care Units (ICUs) at the Kapsabet County Referral and Nandi Hills County Hospitals in preparedness of handling Covid-19 disease should need arise.

Speaking after visiting the new ICU Ward at KCRH, Governor Stephen Sang said his administration was prepared for any upsurge of Covid-19 cases.

“We currently have 4 positive cases and our contact tracing is ongoing. We have already taken over 50 samples for testing from the initial contacts from our 4 cases already. We are awaiting their results by tomorrow,” he said.

“We have completed the establishment of our ICU facilities with 7 ICU beds at Kapsabet County Referral Hospital and 3 ICU beds in Nandi Hills County Hospital. These 10 ICU beds are ready for use. We have also procured an additional 5 ICU beds which will be available in a months time,” added Governor Sang.

The Governor announced that the County has set up 312 isolation beds across our health facilities in Nandi to bolster the county’s preparedness to handle COVID 19. This has enabled the county to meet the directive by the President that every county establishes 300 bed capacity isolation facilities.

The County boss announced that the coronavirus is now spreading locally, pleading for everyone to stay home and limit gatherings – “If you can stay home, do,” he said.

“I am calling on Nandi residents to rise to this challenge to reduce the spread of this virus. I cannot overemphasize how important this is, particularly at this critical time,” he added.

He was accompanied by the CEC for Health Ruth Koech and Kapsabet Ward MCA Hon. Fred Kipkemboi.

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08 Jun
By: Remmy Butia 0

KAPSABET COUNTY REFERRAL HOSPITAL LABORATORY RECEIVES ISO 15189:2012 ACCREDITATION

Kapsabet County Referral Hospital’s medical laboratory has received ISO 15189:2012 accreditation from the Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS). The recognition follows the spirited process of the hospital management and laboratory staff in ensuring that the department conforms to international guidelines. Accreditation in medical Laboratory services is a preferred framework for building quality medical laboratory systems that are targeted to result in quality tests.

ISO 15189:2012 is a set of international standards formulated by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO 15189:2012 touches on the competence of medical laboratories to deliver services in terms of but not limited to: a medical laboratories quality services, its managements systems, the staff technical competence and the calibration of instruments.

The award follows vigorous preparation by the management and staff through formal applications, on-site assessments and thorough examination of the laboratories quality and management systems.

The recognition shows that Kapsabet County Referral Hospital Laboratory is a legally identifiable entity and also appropriately registered as a medical laboratory that offers quality services according to international standards.

“The premier referral of our facility means the laboratory meets international standards for quality and competence in medical laboratories. Indeed, medical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease in patients and attaining this certification is a major boost towards actualizing our vision to provide world class healthcare services for our people,” said Ruth Koech, CEC for Health.

Medical laboratory tests are vital in the patient journey because they play a critical role in informing the patient and medical personnel of any underlying issues. Moreover, laboratory test results play a critical role in decision making therefore its importance cannot be taken for granted. There is no room for error.

Patients ought to perform tests from medical laboratories that are standardized and that conduct tests with minimal error and according to international standards.

Kapsabet Medical Superintendent Dr. Daniel Kemboi hailed the achievement, saying the results from the facility lab can be trusted worldwide.

“Our certification means results obtained at this laboratory can now be replicated anywhere in the world allowing it to support training and research. Residents can now enjoy efficient laboratory services due to increased confidence in test results,” Dr. Kemboi.

The Laboratory is manned by County Medical Lab Coordinator (CMLC) Richard Kendagor, who coordinate all Lab services in the county and Lab Manager Julius Maiyo who runs day to day activities at KRCH and 18 health workers who operate 24 hours from Monday to Sunday and on public holidays, providing emergency services to all the hospital’s clinical departments.

This Accreditation formally recognises a Kapsabet County Referral Hospital Laboratory as commendable, and therefore members of the public are encouraged to identify and select the hospital as the facility of choice to receive testing and measurement services that meet customer needs.

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14 May
By: Remmy Butia 4

COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF NANDI BEGINS HIRING OF MORE HEALTH WORKERS UNDER UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE PROGRAMME

In reference to the advertisement by the Public service commission, applications are invited for additional vacancies under the Universal Health Coverage Programme in Nandi County.

The job description of the posts and mode of application can be accessed at www.jobs.nandicounty.go.ke

How to Apply:

Interested and qualified persons should complete and submit Job Application Form from the county website www.jobs.nandicounty.go.ke so as to be received on or before 20th May 2020 at 5.00 p.m

N/B No hard copy application will be received.

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18 Apr
By: Remmy Butia 1

FIGHTING COVID-19: NANDI COUNTY TO BEGIN COMPULSORY SCREENING AT ITS BORDER POINTS

The County Government of Nandi through the Department of Health is instituting a number of roadway screening checkpoints for COVID-19 virus at all its major entry border points of Mlango, Kopere, Chakaiya, Kaimosi, Serem, Lemook, Lessos, Kamasai and other routes commonly used by drivers.

Speaking in Kapsabet over the weekend, the CEC for Health Ruth Koech said the screening will involve checking the temperature of everyone travelling into the county using non-contact gun thermometers. The exercise is aimed at detecting anyone with fever or corona virus symptoms.

She said the checkpoints will be manned by the police and public health officers who will be able to attend to travellers using non-contact gun thermometers.

The officers will also provide prevention recommendation messages to travellers.

“It is prudent for travellers who are sick to delay or avoid travel, in particular for elderly travellers and people with chronic diseases or underlying health conditions,” said Ruth.

The CEC also cautioned the public from buying fake masks which have flooded the market. She advised residents to buy N95 or certified masks which have been recommended by the Ministry of Health.

General recommendations for personal hygiene, cough etiquette and keeping a distance of at least one metre from persons showing symptoms and wearing a mask remain particularly important for all travellers.

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13 Apr
By: Remmy Butia 1

CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY ON 29 MILLION HOSPITAL

Kobujoi Ward residents in Aldai Sub County will soon be able to access multiple health care services as the construction Kobujoi Hospital Complex is taking shape.

The County Government of Nandi is building the 29 million Hospital, which will offer primary and specialty care to create a seamless health care experience for residents of Kobujoi ward and surrounding areas.

The modern Hospital will house urgent care and outpatient services, including primary care, oncology, orthopedics, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatric care. Many more services, including lab, imaging and pharmacy will also be offered.

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11 Apr
By: Remmy Butia 18

GOVERNMENT BEGINS RECRUITMENT OF HEALTHCARE WORKERS

In reference to the advertisement by the Public Service Commission, the County Government of Nandi has begun the recruitment of 142 healthcare workers to effectively realise its goal in the provision of universal health care.

Through an advert issued by the Nandi County Public Service Board on Saturday, said prospective applicants have up to Thursday, April 16 to submit their online applications for the recruitment exercise.

The description of the posts and mode of application can be accessed on the County’s website: https://nandicounty.go.ke

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01 Apr
By: Remmy Butia 1

COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF NANDI TAKE ANTI-CORONAVIRUS MEASURES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE PANDEMIC

As confirmed cases of coronavirus increase in Kenya, the County Government of Nandi is implementing precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus and in order to protect its residents and other persons of concern from becoming infected with the virus.

The county is mobilizing resources both internal and from partners in readiness to combat Covid-19 pandemic. The department of health received over 2200 gowns from the Love Kenya Foundation (formerly known as Lee Sisters Foundation) led by Ms.Sanaa Lee and Jan Fredrickson based in the United States of America and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) from Eastern Produce Kenya (EPK) Ltd.

The county has an 18 bed isolation centre in Nandi Hills hospital where it is working towards expanding to a forty-bed capacity isolation facility within the coming week. The county has procured and received PPEs, medical supplies and equipment to start off in combating the pandemic.

Speaking while receiving the donations, Governor Sang said that the county recognizes that health workers are at the frontline of providing care to patients therefore they need all the support they can get during this critical period.

He thanked Love Kenya Foundation and Eastern Produce Kenya for their continued support.

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31 Mar
By: Remmy Butia 0

NEW CHEPTERWAI HOSPITAL TAKING SHAPE

The new Chepterwai Hospital complex is starting to take shape. The construction of the medical complex is ahead of schedule.

“We believe that we’re going to become a destination hospital for the region,” said Ruth Koech the CEC for Health.

The hospital is being constructed to house a 16-bed female ward, 16-bed male ward, 4-bed ICU, 2 theatres, a Cathlab, Blood bank, Imaging (x-ray, ultrasound, 9. Modern laboratory, Emergency room, 4 Private rooms and Administration offices.

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