News Categories: Health and Sanitation

20 Mar
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WATER CAS TAKES COVID-19 JAB

Water Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Andrew Tuimur, CBS, took the Covid-19 jab on Saturday morning at the Kapsabet Police Station and urged all the Police Officers to take the cue and go for the vaccination.

After receiving the jab, Dr. Tuimur dismissed myths around the jab and called on all frontline workers including the DCCs, ACCs, healthcare workers, the Police, Teachers, Chiefs and their Assistants to come out and get vaccinated.

“We are encouraging people to know corona is real and it is here with us. It is high time that we protect ourselves,” said Tuimur.

The department of health took the exercise to Kapsabet Police Station to allow the Police officers receive the jab.

Dr. Tuimur lauded the Department of Health for its efforts in combating Covid-19 in Nandi County.

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16 Mar
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KAPSABET COUNTY REFERRAL HOSPITAL HOLDS INTERFAITH PRAYER SESSION

Kapsabet County Referral Hospital held its interfaith prayer session attended by the Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Cheruiyot, the CEC for Health Ruth Koech and the Chief Officer Preventive and Promotive Services Sally Kemboi. The prayer session was held in order to enhance spiritual welfare of both the staff and patients in addition to the routine physical well-being that the hospital focuses on.

The prayer session brought together members of Catholic Women Association (CWA), Christian Wives Fellowship (CWF) and the Mothers’ Union who prayed for the COVID-19 frontline workers as well as the sick. The event was organized by the hospital chaplaincy department.

The congregants thanked God for the strides the hospital had made in provision of quality healthcare to the people, including the establishment of a Cancer Unit, ICU and Renal unit.

Also present were the Medical Superintendent Dr. Daniel Kemboi and Kapsabet Ward MCA Hon Fred Kipkemboi.

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15 Mar
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GOVERNOR LEADS NANDI RESIDENTS IN THE ROLL OUT OF COVID-19 VACCINATION

Governor Stephen Sang was administered with his first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine this morning at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital.

So far, 268 frontline workers have been vaccinated. This includes healthcare workers, teachers and national government Administrators.

“It is vitally important that we do our part to instill confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine within our local communities. As a County, we remain dedicated to providing outreach and education about the vaccine. This includes offering a variety of opportunities for residents to get their questions and concerns answered so they may make an informed decision when it’s their turn to roll up their sleeve and get vaccinated, said Governor Sang after receiving the jab.

“Seeing more of our people get vaccinated is exciting and means that we are on the road to getting back to normal. In the meantime, it’s important to keep following public health best practices like wearing a mask, washing your hands regularly and practicing physical distancing – that’s how we’ll get back to normal faster,” he added.

The county government is targeting to vaccinate 12,500 people in the first phase.

“We applaud the Governor’s work to lead our County through the challenges the pandemic has brought and for his leadership throughout the vaccine roll out. We are, most certainly, all in this together,” said the CECM for Health Ruth Koech.

The County Government of Nandi, is committed to deliver the COVID-19 vaccines into the Sub Counties to ensure easy, efficient access, and are doing so through the expanded network of health facilities across the county.

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10 Mar
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NEW LAB WILL HELP IMPROVE CLINICAL CARE IN KAPKIBIMBIR

Governor Stephen Sang has inaugurated a new Laboratory at Kapkibimbir Dispensary in Kosirai Ward, Chesumei Sub County.

“As the country moves towards universal health coverage where quality is a critical pillar, this lab is a key component of quality health care in Nandi,” said Governor Sang.

The County Government of Nandi through the Department of Health is committed to improve the quality and scope of service delivery in health facilities across the County and help clinicians improve the care they deliver through better diagnostic capacity.

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09 Mar
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NANDI COUNTY RECEIVES COVID-19 VACCINE DOSES

Nandi County has received her first batch of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines.

Priority will be given to healthcare workers, frontline workers including security personnel and teachers in both public and private learning institutions, vulnerable persons and those in the hospitality sector, followed by the elderly and people with existing health conditions.

About 6,000 free doses of vaccines of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 dosage from the national government under the Ministry of Health was received at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital by the CECM for Health Ruth Koech who flanked by the Chief Officer Medical Services Dr. Paul Lagat and the County Director for Health Dr. David Bungei.

The vaccination campaign, targeting primarily the frontline workers, was launched at the hospital immediately after the batches were received.

During the event the Dr. Bungei led the health workers in receiving the first jab who was then followed by Dr. Lagat and Medical Superintendents for both Kapsabet County Referral and Nandi Hills Hospitals Dr. Daniel Kemboi and Dr. Joseph Kangor. Others who received the jab are County EPI Coordinator Rachel Rop and Nandi County Police Commander Samson ole Kine. The first health workers to receive the jab were Kapsabet County Referral Hospital staff. By the end of the day about 64 health workers had been vaccinated.

This is the initial batch of Covid-19 vaccines delivered to the county in the first phase.

Phase 1 will run until June 30 giving way for Phase 2 which will commence thereafter.

The second phase will involve people comprising those above 50 years and those above 18 with underlying medical conditions between June and July this year.

However, there are protocols that have to be followed before one takes the vaccine.

“If you normally have allergic reactions to chicken and eggs, then you are ineligible for the Covid-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Bungei.

Speaking during the official launch of the vaccination exercise, the CECM for Health Ruth Koech said the drug was safe for use by the targeted groups.

“The vaccines are safe and we are ready to administer them to the health care workers before everyone else,” she said.

Kenya recorded its first case of coronavirus in March last year. So far, more than 100,000 people have contracted the virus and at least 1,000 have died.

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18 Feb
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ONCOLOGY UNIT OPENS AT KAPSABET COUNTY REFERRAL HOSPITAL

Cancer patients in Nandi County will now have access to Oncology facilities close to home, thanks to a new oncology unit opened at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital.

The Oncology Unit was officially opened on Wednesday in a ceremony attended by the CECM for Health Ruth Koech, International Cancer Institute Doctors, hospital oncologists, staff and patients.

Ruth said the opening of the Oncology Unit will be of significant benefit on those that need it most.

“Patients that may have previously needed to travel to MTRH will now have access to the highest level of care here at Kapsabet County Referral Hospital,” said Ruth.

The Unit is part of an ongoing effort to enhance cancer care services in the County. The new Oncology Unit will better serve the growing number of patients accessing chemotherapy services by providing a more comfortable and private area for patients.

“It’s wonderful to finally have the dedicated oncology unit up and running,” said Patrick Kenei, Kapsabet County Referral Hospital Oncologist.

“We are now supporting over 20 patients, and expect that number to continue increasing in the coming weeks and months,” said Kenei.

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11 Feb
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STRENGTHENING EYE CARE: CREATING A POSITIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH OPERATION EYESIGHT

The County Government of Nandi has forged a partnership with Operation Eyesight Universal. The plan is oriented towards provision of quality eye care services to all Nandi residents, including the vulnerable members of the community. In the partnership, the department of health will engage the County Department of Education where they will have school screening and trachoma programs. The partnership will ensure integration of primary eye care into primary health care and continuity of eye care services.

The County Department of Health and eye unit teams will be engaged from project identification and definition to cultivate project ownership and buy-in. Jointly with the County Government of Nandi, Operation Eyesight will identify gaps in the health system and plans the best way to narrow the gap within the context of competing needs and available resources. For instance, Operation Eyesight has, in the past, identified gaps in human resources for eye health and worked with County Departments of Health to identify staff and support them for specialized training in ophthalmology. Upon completion of training, these personnel are deployed to serve in the eye units.

The partnership will also entail training Community Health Volunteer (CHVs), who are responsible for prevention and promotion of health at level one of the health pyramid. The County Government of Nandi recognizes the critical role CHVs play, and will support their training in primary eye care to conduct door to door screening, identify eye conditions, provide counselling to patients and refer them to either Nandi Hills or Kapsabet Eye Units.

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04 Feb
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PROGRESSING AFFORDABLE QUALITY HEALTH-CARE FOR LOCALS IN CHEMASE

Safaricom Foundation has donated a Full Haemogram Machine to Chemase Health Center through its Ndoto Zetu initiative to help improve medical services.

While receiving the machine from Safaricom Foundation, Tindiret Sub County MoH Dr. Joseph Kibor admitted that the Haemogram Machine is a big boost in the health sector.

“Our target is to take medical services near to the people as well as preparing for the universal health cover as one of the county government measures in addressing medical issues amongst our people,” he said.

He further noted that the availability of machine will address medical challenges that faced the laboratory department in the region adding that initially, patients in the hospital had to seek those medical services elsewhere.

Amos Barno the hospital in-charge noted that the equipment has come at the right time adding that they will not only serve Nandi’s population but also a large population from the neighboring Kisumu County.

The ceremony was witnessed by Suzanne Gwehema Customer Experience Executive, who represented Safaricom Foundation at the event.

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03 Feb
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ENHANCED IMMUNIZATION COVERAGE

Latest statistics show that 98.8% of two-year-old children were fully immunised in the three month reporting period ending December 2020. This was revealed by KANCO during GAVI HSS stakeholders meeting held in Kapsabet that brought together journalists, religious leaders, civil society and sub county EPI Coordinators.

Achievements of the County’s health sector and Immunization in particular are justified by commitment of high leadership, good partnership with development partners and grown home solutions to solve our population problems.

This has also been made possible with the support from Kenya Aids NGOs Consortium (KANCO) with the participation of communities, a better understanding of vaccine acceptance and hesitancy, the expansion of vaccination across the life course, approaches to improve immunization in rural areas, enhanced use of data and possible financial and non-financial incentives.

“Vaccines have an important role to play in comprehensive disease control, including the fight against antimicrobial resistance,” said Rachel Rop, the County EPI Coordinator.

Nandi County’s success is attributed to the inclusion of communities and civil society and faith based organizations and journalists who are crucial in making sure the vaccines and their delivery are acceptable, appropriate, and sustainable. Community-based organizations have stepped up their involvement in immunization and developed locally adapted solutions to removing social and cultural barriers, to re-create trust in immunization services, where it had waned, and to increase the locally adapted use of vaccines.

Present at the event were KANCO Regional Coordinator Steve Ikonya among other officials.

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24 Jan
By: Remmy Butia 0

ENHANCING SKILLS TO PROMOTE THE UTILIZATION OF MEDICAL LABORATORY EQUIPMENT

Training to keep staff updated on the skills needed to meet the growing demands, address changing industry trends, and use new technologies is a mission-critical component of the county department of health.

Training is required to prepare staff to respond to changes within an organization to meet new regulatory requirements and stay competitive in a technologically advancing environment.

The health sector in Nandi County has received a major boost after the Government acquired 6 Biochemistry analysers and 7 full haemogram machines. The machines have already been distributed to all level 4 facilities in the six subcounties and the personnel trained on usage of the modern machines.

Under the leadership of Governor Sang Health sector has seen tremendous improvement both in infrastructure, Equipping and and human capital.

In fulfilling his promise to make health services affordable and available across the county, Governor Sang in his latest milestone achievement has seen all level 4 facilities within the county equipped with modern machines to aid in accurate and evidence based diagnosis thus improving the management and treatment of patients.

The recently acquired machines will offer a wide range of services and increase the scope of diagnosis in our level 4 facilities. The recent decision to equip these facilities is not only to offer services close to the people but also to decongest Kapsabet County Referral Facility that has seen influx of the patients rise up exponentially due to its improved service delivery to the people.

The Biochemistry analysers will aid in diagnosis and management of various diseases affecting lungs,kidneys, heart among many other organs. It will also help in the management of patients in dialysis and ICU and those schedule for surgeries as it monitors biochemical analysis of various fluids in Human body.

Full blood count machines will aid in diagnosis, monitoring and management of various diseases and conditions associated with blood e.g various types of aneamia and other general infections affecting blood. It is one of the routine tests in our hospitals that determines a wide range of infections and conditions.

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