News Categories: Health and Sanitation

25 May
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EFFORTS TO PREVENT AND REDUCE TOBACCO USE

A County Level Sensitization forum for key Stakeholders on Tobacco Control was held today organized by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Tobacco Control Board.

The event was held under the aegis of National Tobacco Control Programme with technical support of the Ministry of Health as a build up to the commemoration of the World No Tobacco Day on 31st May 2022. The World No Tobacco Day is annually marked on May 31 to raise awareness on the harmful effects of tobacco smoking.

Several high ranking officers from different County and National Government departments of Health, Education, Police and Administration attended the forum.

Speaking at the forum, the CECM for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech said that smoking damages the airways and small air sacs in the lungs. “This damage starts soon after someone starts smoking, and lung function continues to worsen as long as the person smokes. Still, it may take years for the problem to become noticeable enough for lung disease to be diagnosed,” she added.

Kenya being a signatory of the WHO FCTC 2003 ratified the convention in 2004; enacted The Tobacco Control Act (TCA) 2007 and the Tobacco Control regulations 2014 to implement and enforce the obligations of FCTC.

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23 May
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NANDI RESIDENTS GET FREE DENTAL CLINIC SERVICES

Hundreds of Nandi residents have benefited from free dental clinic checkups, courtesy of the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton.

The doctors being hosted by Baraton University Jeremic Hospital are on a mission of promoting oral and dental hygiene program among the residents of Nandi. The dental hygiene health program is being held in Nandi with plans to expand to other counties.

The team is led by Dental Hygienist Mrs Lynelle DeRoo Marcos who is also the Mrs Universe 2022, USA. The exercise will run from May 22 to June 3, 2022 at Jeremic Hospital, Baraton.

The regular preventive care of the teeth and gums is important in maintaining quality of life and overall health, playing a role in preventing diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, poor nutrition, cavities and pain.

Speaking while officially opening the dental clinic check up exercise at the hospital, the CECM for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech said that regular dental check-ups are essential because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

She encouraged Nandi residents to practice oral hygiene and have regular dental check ups and cleaning twice a year if possible. She further thanked Baraton University for organizing the event.

One of the beneficiaries of the free dental clinic, Mzee Kosgei, said he has suffered a molar toothache for over a year because he did not have money to visit a dentist.

However, his prayers were answered as the tooth was extracted at no cost and the brown covering stain cleaned leaving her teeth sparkling white.

“I am happy for the services offered at no cost. I thank the group of doctors who visited our University Hospital today. We invite them again and again so that they can help many who cannot afford to visit dental clinics due to financial constraints,” said Mzee Kosgei.

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20 May
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GOVERNOR SANG INSPECT HOSPITALS UNDER CONSTRUCTION, PLEDGES SUSTAINED REFORMS

Governor Stephen Sang has said that healthcare system reform will continue to remain one of the priorities of his government.

Speaking while on a tour of two hospitals under construction within Aldai Sub County, Governor Sang said the ongoing reforms within the health sector are part of his government’s agenda to revolutionize healthcare in the county.

The Governor gave this indication when he undertook an unscheduled inspection visit to the ongoing construction work at the Kobujoi Sub County Hospital and the ongoing theater construction at Serem Health Center.

He said given the priority his administration accords the healthcare, similar projects are currently ongoing in other sub counties.

“Aside from these projects, our government is carrying out construction work in Chepterwai hospital, Kapsabet County Referral Hospital and in Meteitei Sub County hospital. We have already completed Kabiyet Hospital and Nandi Hills Hospitals and are already operational as promised,” he said.

The Governor urged project contractors across the county to ensure standard in their work.

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19 May
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MOTHERS ENCOURAGED TO DELIVER IN HOSPITALS TO AVOID COMPLICATIONS

Expectant women in Nandi County have been urged to ensure that they deliver in hospitals to avoid birth-related complications.

Speaking in Chepsire Dispensary, Kapsimotwa Ward in Tinderet Sub County, the CECM for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech assured that all health facilities in Nandi were well equipped to handle deliveries and any related complications should they arise.

“I urge all women in the county to use the numerous available health facilities during pregnancy and birth,” she said.

The CEC Member was in Chepsire Dispensary to receive Twinings Head of Social Impact & Sustainability Ms Celine Gilart. Celine was visiting the facility to check on the work done and engage the local residents and key stakeholders in health and to see what’s needed for the facility to provide expanded healthcare services to the community.

Twinings together with the County Government of Nandi, Sireet OEP, Eastern Produce Kenya (EPK) Afya Research Africa, Chepkiwen Women Group and Chepsire community supported the renovation and equipping of the facility to bring services closer to the people and improve the well-being of Chepsire community.

Such Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) provide a good opportunity to facilitate access to health care services, especially in remote areas.

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01 Feb
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NANDI GOVERNOR COMMISSIONS KIPCHUNU DISPENSARY

Ahieving Universal Health coverage (UHC) is a top priority of the health reform agenda in Nandi County.

Infrastructure development is an important component of a well-functioning healthcare system.

In ensuring access to quality and affordable health care services, Governor Stephen Sang officially opened the new Kipchunu Dispensary in Lelmokwo/Ngechek Ward, Chesumei Sub County.

The facility is set to benefit hundreds of residents who have been trekking several kilometers to neighbouring health facilities to access medical services.

Speaking to the locals at the facility during the launch, Sang noted that his government remains committed in ensuring the attainment of universal health coverage is attained in the county.

He added that the dispensary will provide basic primary healthcare services, emphasizing the need for residents to seek treatment at the facility.

“Our core objective in opening the facility is to ensure that much needed health services are rendered to the residents in efforts to address the health challenges. I challenge the community to embrace it and provide support where necessary,” he said.

Present at the event were CECM for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech, CECM for Transport and Infrastructure Eng Drive Rono, Chief Officer for Medical Services Dr. Paul Lagat, Lelmokwo/Ngechek Ward MCA Hon. Morogo Bwambok, Ag. Director for Administration, Finance and Planning Fredrick Kosgei and Chief of Staff Stanley Baliach.

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31 Jan
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LELMOKWO RESIDENTS WELCOME NEW MATERNITY

Residents of Lelmokwo location in Lelmokwo /Ngechek Ward, Chesumei Sub County are the newest beneficiaries of maternity services closer home, with the opening of a new maternity wing at the newly upgraded Lelmokwo Health Center.

Governor Stephen Sang has termed the development as a step in the fulfillment of his agenda as well as the rights of citizens to access quality healthcare.

“We are strengthening maternal health in rural areas by improving access to maternity services in our health facilities across the county,” said Governor Sang.

The new maternity ward, is a step towards promoting access to medical services at the lower level health facilities in the spirit of Nandi County’s Universal Health Coverage model.

Lelmokwo/Ngechek Ward MCA Hon. David Bwambok Morogo lauded the government for fulfilling the promise of the facility to the residents, and encouraged them to make use of it.

Present at the event were Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Cheruiyot, CECM for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech, Transport and Infrastructure CECM Eng. Drive Rono, Ag. Director for Administration, Planning and Finance Fredrick Kosgei

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25 Jan
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NEW MATERNITY WING IN CHEPKUMIA TO REDUCE MATERNAL MORTALITY

In line with the Governor Sang’s agenda of realising the Universal Health Care and reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality rates, a new maternity wing has officially opened its doors at Chepkumia Health Center in Chepkumia Ward.

Speaking after opening the facility, Governor Sang said the facility will greatly contribute to the universal health coverage agenda in the county.

The Governor noted that the new facility is a big reprieve to hundreds of women and children in Chepkumia and beyond adding that there is still more to be done to expand access to health services, and promote utilisation of antenatal care, deliveries by skilled attendants and post-natal care for communities living in remote areas.

The CECM for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech observed that free maternal and neonatal services policy by the government and the Linda Mama initiative have all worked towards increasing skilled birth attendance and positive health outcomes for mothers and babies.

“I wish to encourage mothers in Nandi County to enrol in large numbers in the Linda Mama Initiative,” she said. “We want to be sure that all mothers are accessing quality skilled birth attendance,” she added.

The County Government of Nandi has invested in other maternity facilities within the county including putting up of new wards as well as construction of new maternity wings.

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18 Jan
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CONSTRUCTION ON TRACK FOR NEW KAPSENGERE HOSPITAL

The new Kapsengere Hospital, in Kapsengere Ward, Aldai Sub County which is currently under construction is taking good shape. The construction of the modern facility is at an advanced stage.

The hospital establishment will serve not only as a place for the treatment of acute medical problems, but also as the core of a network of cross-border health services.

The project is in line with Governor Sang’s development blueprint on improving healthcare services in the region.

Governor Sang’s administration is committed to transforming the health sector in the county through building of new medical facilities, upgrading of the existing ones and addressing welfare of workers.

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13 Jan
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KAIBOI RESIDENTS SET TO ACCESS MEDICAL SERVICES CLOSER HOME

Residents of Kaiboi in Mosop Sub County are set to access medical services closer home following the completion of Kaiboi dispensary.

The CECM for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech said that with the dispensary, residents are able to access outpatient services that include TB treatment, pre-natal, post-natal services and pharmacy services among others.

“They will also be able to get early detection of ailments that may require further investigation and treatment for which they can be referred to more advanced facilities,” Ruth said.

Governor Sang’s administration is committed towards the improvement of health infrastructure and service delivery with an aim of achieving universal health coverage in the county.

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23 Oct
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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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