News Categories: Health and Sanitation

23 Oct
By: Remmy Butia 0

OVER 35 CLEFT LIP AND PALATE PATIENTS BENEFIT FROM FREE SURGICAL CLINIC

Over 35 cleft lip and palate patients from 7 counties in Kenya underwent free surgical and rehabilitative treatment at Nandi Hills County Hospital courtesy of the county government, Smile Train Africa and BelaRisu Foundation.

The children, aged between three months and eight years from Nandi, Makueni, Siaya, Vihiga, Isiolo, Kisumu and Kericho underwent surgeries to have a correction of their cleft lips and palate.

While officially opening the 2-day surgical camp the CEC member for Health Ruth Koech said the program is one of the major steps towards implementation of the Nandi universal health cover that ensures accessibility of health services to all.

Different communities have various cultural beliefs associated with the defect, which include curses and witchcraft or either parent engaging in infidelity.

Among the Kalenjin community, such children are treated with contempt. Girls with defects were married off without any dowry negotiations or even the parents demanding for anything as bride prize.

The CEC Member told the community to shun retrogressive beliefs and urged parents with children bearing such conditions to take advantage of the free medical camp.

She thanked Governor Stephen Sang for dedicating more resources towards health sector and called on locals to seek early treatment to avoid preventable complications.

She further thanked BelaRisu Foundation and Smile Train and the voluntary doctors for this meaningful deed, adding that the programme is helpful in easing the burden on the poor and bringing smiles back to children.

Experts say cleft lip and palate is one of the most common birth malformations affecting one in 700 births in Kenya.

Present were Nandi Hills Member of the County Assembly Hon. Gideon Koech and Nandi Hills County Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Joseph Kangor.

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23 Oct
By: Remmy Butia 0

TAKING HEALTH SERVICES CLOSER TO THE PEOPLE

The County Government of Nandi remains committed in its quest to ensure that provision of health services is responsive to the needs of respective communities.

This is in line with Governor Sang’s agenda of working towards provision of Universal Health Coverage to Nandi residents.

Sang’s administration has made great progress in the provision of quality health care to the residents and concerted efforts are being made to take the essential medical services closer to the people.

The County Government of Nandi is investing in the development of both infrastructure and personnel at all community based hospitals to make service delivery more efficient.

The ongoing expansion of hospitals and healthcare centres across the county is geared towards driving equitable and quality healthcare by enabling them to improve on the healthcare they deliver.

In 2017, there were 103 operational dispensaries, we now have 134; 20 more have been operationalized and 11 newly constructed dispensaries. The county has also renovated 64 more dispensaries. There’s also an additional 3 theatres up from the previous 2.

On his working tour of Tindiret Ward in Tinderet Sub County, Governor Sang officiated the opening of a new Out-Patient wing at Mbogo Valley Dispensary. He also witnessed the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the new Kipsirwo Dispensary and later opened Setek Maternity Wing at Setek Health Center.

Governor Sang said it was gratifying to witness the expansion of hospitals across the county saying improving access to healthcare contributes to better health outcomes and increases the productivity of the people leading to economic growth.

The provision of attainable standard of health, including reproductive health and emergency treatment, have raised the expectations of Nandi residents regarding healthcare.

It is through this that the Department of Health aspires to provide Equitable, Affordable and Quality healthcare to all residents of Nandi, especially the underprivileged.

The Governor was accompanied by the Deputy Governor Dr Yulita Cheruiyot, Tindiret Ward MCA Kipkurui Chepkwony, CEC Member for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech, Chief Officer for Agriculture Wilson Lelei, his roads and infrastructure counterpart Jonah Tireito, Department of Health Director for Administration and Planning Fredrick Kiptum among other senior county officials.

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22 Oct
By: Remmy Butia 0

CLEFT LIP AND PALATE SURGERY CAMP TO BE HELD IN NANDI HILLS HOSPITAL

The County Government of Nandi in partnership with BelaRisu Foundation and Smile Train annual Cleft lip and Palate Camp will be held on October 23 at the Nandi Hills County Hospital. An elite group of surgeons from the County and BelaRisu Foundation, will perform corrective cleft lip and palate surgery free-of-cost on patients who visit the camp.

The main objective of the camp is to reach out to children with cleft lips all over the County and beyond who do not or cannot seek treatment due to lack of proper information and awareness or financial constraints.

There are a number of children in Nandi County with cleft lips. Such children can’t eat or speak properly and are often denied the right to attend school.

The camp will provide and sponsor free treatment and other medical requirements to cleft lip patients along with free diagnostic facilities, speech therapy, free counselling and rehabilitation services.

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29 Sep
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NANDI COUNTY JOINS REST OF THE WORLD IN MARKING WORLD HEART DAY 2021

World Heart Day aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.

World Heart Day is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities, and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others.

Through this campaign, the County Government of Nandi joins the world in the fight against the CVD burden and inspires and drives action to encourage heart-healthy living across the world.

The County Government of Nandi believes in a County, Country and a world where heart health for everyone is a fundamental human right and a crucial element of global health justice.

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22 Sep
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NEW MATERNITY WING OPENED IN KOYO/NDURIO WARD

New mothers have a new place to convalesce after giving birth, this is after Governor Stephen Sang officially opened Kapkolei Maternity Wing marking a major milestone in the journey towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the County.

The County Government of Nandi has also upgraded the Dispensary to an Health Center and can now offer expanded healthcare services.

“Improving primary health facilities in the county will reduce incidents of patients visiting referral hospitals for minor ailments while easing access to health services,” said Governor Sang.

Present at the event were the CEC for Health Ruth Koech, CEC for Agriculture Dr. Kiplimo Lagat, Koyo/Ndurio Ward MCA Hon. Magdalene Maiyo among other county officials.

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02 Aug
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RESIDENTS URGED TO FOLLOW COVID-19 PREVENTION GUIDANCE FOLLOWING RISE IN CASES

Nandi residents have been urged to seriously observe the ministry of health guidelines on Covid-19 following a recent uptick in positive cases in the County.

“The recent increase speaks volumes; this virus has not gone away, and it is critical that everyone keeps diligently following the ministry of health guidance by wearing face masks, social distancing, washing your hands often and staying home when sick,” the CECM for Health Ruth Koech has said. “For the wellbeing and health of everyone in our community, please do your part, remind your family and friends to do their part, and together, we can reduce the number of people this virus reaches.”

The Health CECM further advised residents against attending burials and political meetings that draws large crowds as it was very hard to adhere to the health protocols like social distancing and hand washing in those scenarios.

“Such are the likely places where social distance is hard to observe, hence fertile grounds that trigger Covid-19 infections,” she elaborated.

“To be very clear, these are not orders, mandates or requirements, a year in, we all know what works and this has to be a collective effort. We have to do this together. Our health depend on it,” she added.

“Following guidance on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 could be lifesaving, and we cannot stress enough, please take the Ministry of Health set protocols and the general public health guidance we’ve been sharing seriously,” the Director for Health Dr. David Bungei said.

Covid-19 infections have surged across the county in recent weeks, approaching the county’s pandemic high at 62 new cases over the last week.

The County Government of Nandi is urging all residents to wear masks, social distance, wash their hands, stay home and get vaccinated.

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30 Jul
By: Remmy Butia 0

GOVERNOR SANG COMMISSIONS IN-PATIENT UNIT

Provision of health care services in Nandi county has received a major boost after Governor Stephen Sang unveiled the newly revamped In-patient and maternity wing at Ol’lessos Health Centre in Ol’lessos Ward, Nandi Hills Sub County.

Speaking after officially opening the facility, Governor Sang affirmed his commitment to leave a legacy in the health sector. He said he has prioritized improvement of health facilities to ensure access to affordable and quality medical services for the people of Nandi.

“My administration has laid emphasis on provision of quality and affordable medical services to all Nandi residents,” said the Governor.

Sang said investment in outpatient units across the region was part of his administration’s efforts to revamp the county’s health sector and improve efficiency in emergency response.

According to the county Health department, the strategy is not only to cope with the influx in patient numbers but mainly to offer quality and affordable disease diagnostic, management and treatment services closer to the community.

Present at the event were the CECM for Health Ruth Koech her Education counterpart Grace Sugut and Ol’Lessos Ward MCA among other Government officials.

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29 Jul
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GOVERNOR SANG INSPECTS CONSTRUCTION WORKS AT SOCHOI DISPENSARY

Governor Sang has today toured several parts of Ol’Lessos Ward. In his tour, the Governor inspected the on-going works at Sochoi Dispensary maternity wing.

The new Maternity Wing building will house maternal and child service, gynaecological services and pediatric services. The construction is funded by the County Government of Nandi through the Department of Health and Sanitation. The county has also allocated money for equipping the maternity wing.

“We will equip the facility once the construction works are completed,” said Governor Sang.

Once complete, the maternity will be a great addition on Sochoi Dispensary, a facility that serves a huge population in Ol’Lessos Ward and adjacent areas in Nandi Hills Sub County.

The Governor was accompanied by the CECM for Health Ruth Koech and Ol’Lessos Ward MCA Hon. Emmanuel Mengeech.

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12 Jun
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PROTECTING ADOLESCENTS WITH HPV VACCINE

All women are potentially at risk of developing cervical cancer at some point in their life, yet it is avoidable cause of death among women in Sub- Saharan Africa with a world incidence of 530,000 every year.

Cervical cancer remains the most common cancer which is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women of reproductive age and the 2nd most frequent cancer among women.

The World Health Organisation has recommended offering HPV vaccination to girls at ages 9-13 and Kenya has developed a comprehensive strategy to address cervical cancer, which includes rollout of HPV vaccination among girls, with the purpose of vaccinating girls naïve to the targeted types.

The County Government of Nandi is taking a vital step against the common cause of death among women – in the country and the region – by rolling out the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine against cervical cancer into its routine immunization schedule.

The HPV vaccine is effective against most HPV strains, which account for more than 70% of cervical cancer cases.

The HPV vaccine against cervical cancer is effective if administered before exposure to the virus, which is transmitted sexually.

The County Department of Health SCEPI Team aims to increase awareness of the risk for HPV-related cancers and the protective benefits of the HPV vaccine, and to empower young adults to complete the HPV vaccine series. The SCEPI team also supports healthcare providers who counsel young adults by offering tips for effectively recommending the vaccine. Healthcare providers are recognized as a key influence in the adoption of immunization behaviors among young adults.

So far, 200 Girls in Chesumei Sub County have been reached and 322 from 13 schools in Aldai have so far received the HPV Vaccine.

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20 Apr
By: Remmy Butia 0

OVER 12,000 FRONTLINE WORKERS HAVE RECEIVED FIRST JAB OF COVID-19 VACCINE

Over 12,608 beneficiaries have received COVID-19 vaccine jabs till date in Nandi County since the start of the inoculation drive a month ago, according to data shared by health officials on Saturday.

Out of these, more than 1,645 are healthcare workers, 827 security officers, 2,300 teachers and 7,836 senior citizens of ages 58 and above.

Data shows more males are taking up the Vaccines than females. Of the 12,608, 8114 are males and 4,477 are females.

Nandi recorded 6 fresh COVID-19 cases. The cases are 4 from Chesumei and 2 from Emgwen Sub Counties.

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