Primary Health Care is the cornerstone for the achievement of Universal Health Coverage. Primary Health Care provides an entry point for the entire health system integrating community health. Empowered community health systems are vital in advancing measures toward Univeral Health Coverage.
In a bid to strengthen Community Health Services in Nandi, the county government is working closely with the national government to provide Community Health Promoters with the necessary tools and commodities so that communities can be reached in the most rural areas.
Early today, the County Government of Nandi received 673 CHP kits. The consignment is part of the CHP kits that were flagged off by President William Ruto on Monday. The kits will play a vital role in the government’s preventive and promotive health approach that seeks to arrest diseases at community level before they occur.
A complete kit to be used by the community health promoters contains; a backpack carrier bag, a weighing scale, an infrared clinical thermometer for contact free measurement of temperature, muac tape measure for children and a mid-upper arm circumference muac tape measure for adults and Elastoplast for minor wounds and infection prevention.
The county department of health and sanitation has established 152 Community Health Units with 1520 Community Health Volunteers which are a part of a larger Primary Care Network (PCN).
These facilities are mapped to level 4 facilities, such as subcounty or county hospitals, creating a hub-and-spoke model where the level 4 facility serves as the central point.
Receiving the kits were the Maternal and Child Health Coordinator Irene Berenge, Kapsabet Cointy Referral Hospital Nurse Manager Susan Biwott, Principal Public Health Officer Ray Sowon and the County Clinical Officer Lilian Boit.