The CEC for Health Ruth Koech pointed out that the meeting brought together representatives of various branches of KMPDU with health officials in Nandi in a bid to improve the good working relations between the two entities.
In a bid to improve healthcare services in the County, the department of Health is partnering with Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) to establish a drug revolving pharmacy in all sub counties to minimise drug stock outs and set up community pharmacy in the six Sub Counties with Mosoriot Sub County Hospital being the model facility.
AMPATH Executive Director Prof. Sylvester Kimaiyo earlier today paid a courtesy call to CECM Health Ruth Koech. Prof. Kimaiyo said that “With proper oversight and stakeholder involvement, Revolving Fund Pharmacy (RFP) is a potential solution to improve availability of essential medicines in health facilities.“
RFP model is an initiative that provides high-quality medications consistently to patients, using revenues generated from the sale of medications to achieve sustainable resupply medications. The kitty is provided for and developed by AMPATH with the aim of ensuring sustainable and continued access to quality and affordable supply of essential medications.
The Health CEC on her part added that Mosoriot as the pilot model will exemplify the feasibility of implementing and scaling up this model to other SubCounties. “The community pharmacy will provide access to purchase of subsidized drugs which are not provided for by the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA). This will be a great relief to mwananchi,” she said.
Following this agreement, an MoU will be signed by both parties to ascertain commencement of the program.
Also present was the Director for Health Dr. David Bungei.
In just under five months, Ndubusat dispensary received the much-needed renovation and upgrade courtesy of Governor Sang’s administration. The facility now has a proper maternity wing, an outpatient wing, sterilization room, a laboratory and an incinerator among other renovated facilities.
The County Government of Nandi recognized that need, and it now provides the necessary budget to operate the dispensary around the clock with a full staff of nurses, pharmacists and lab technicians to be posted to the facility before its operationalization.
The county department of health is also providing state-of-the-art medical equipment that will allow Ndubusat dispensary to offer a full range of outpatient care, maternal and child health services, including emergency obstetric care, and maternal and neonatal care services.
”The renovation work does not just meet the basic standards; we now have a very presentable and modern health facility at Ndubusat after several years of neglect,” says CEC for Health Ruth Koech.
The renovated facility will open its doors to the public in early January and will operate around the clock. This means improved maternal, newborn and child health services for thousands of Chepkunyuk residents. It also means the end of traveling to faraway hospitals for basic health-care services.
After over 22 years of waiting, it is enough to put the spring back in the steps of residents as they walk through the hospital every day.
Nandi County Chief Officer for Health Dr. Paul Lagat has urged residents in the county to go for cancer screening as early detection will lead to reduced cost of treatment.
Speaking in Kapsabet, Dr. Lagat said that cancer has been claiming a lot of lives lately and early screening can be a solution to saving many lives.
He urged women to go for cervical and breast cancer screening and men for breast and prostate cancer check-ups at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital.
Dr. Lagat said breast and cervical cancer are on the rise and people should not sit back and wait for disaster to strike.
He also urged residents to observe better lifestyles to avert the increase of cancer cases.
The Chief Officer said that the department of Health has realized that most residents lack knowledge about cancer and most don’t know that it can be treated. As a result, he added, most people only show up in the hospital at a later stage of the disease. He said to reduce the rate of women dying of breast cancer, screening is paramount. He added that the department of health is engaged on educating Nandi residents so as to increase awareness and promote early detection.
On his part, Patrick Kenei, an oncologist at Kapsabet County Referral Hospital, revealed that cancers can be treated if detected in its early stages. He called on women to always palpate their breast seven days before and after their menstrual period. He said in case of any abnormality the woman should report to the hospital. He disclosed that breast cancer can present itself through lumps in the breast, abnormal secretion from the nipple, hard and painful breast, just to name a few. Kenei also used the opportunity to enlighten women about cervical cancer which he says kills faster. According to the oncologist, it was high time for the residents of Nandi County to come out in their numbers to Kapsabet County Referral Hospital for screening to reduce the prevalence rate.
World AIDS Day is marked every year on December 1 Worldwide, in order to raise awareness of the epidemic, encourage progress in prevention, treatment and care of HIV/AIDS, express solidarity and support for people affected by this disease.
The theme of this year’s global event is recognition of the important role that communities play in responding to the HIV challenge.
The global theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “communities make the difference” and the national theme in Kenya that is adopted from the global theme is “Towards UHC: Communities united for a HIV free generation”.
Speaking at the event, the CECM for Administration, Public Service and e-Government Triza Morogo applauded the staunch advocacy of activists, the persistent efforts of health workers, the principled stance of human rights defenders and the courage of all those who have joined forces to fight for global progress against the disease.
“HIV testing is essential for expanding treatment and ensuring that all people living with HIV can lead healthy and productive lives,” she added. “Access to confidential HIV testing is still an issue of concern. Many people still only get tested after becoming ill and symptomatic,” said Morogo.
Statistics place women aged between 15 and 24 years with the highest risk of contracting HIV besides being a group that constitutes the bulk of new infections. The Kenya HIV 2018 estimates report released by the National Government demonstrates a gradual decline in HIV prevalence, with much remain to be done to halt and reverse HIV infection.
“There’s a slight decrease in new diagnosis in our region due to HIV/STD prevention efforts and increasing access of medical services for people living with HIV and those who are at great risk,” said Mr. Bwalei the County HIV/AIDS Coordinator.
Bwalei further noted the reduction of HIV prevalence from 13% to 2% is a great achievement. As at October 2019, 12,748 people were living with HIV in Nandi. Sadly, this number increases yearly due to diagnosis of new cases, thus placing continuing demands on health and social service systems. Within the County, 165 health facilities provide targeted HIV testing to Antenatal mothers and 36 VCT Centre’s provide voluntary testing services for the general population. Additionally, there are 30 health facilities providing care and treatment for HIV/AIDs and therefore so far 10,707. (adults-10,103 and 604 children) are receiving anti-retroviral medicines.
The Director Health Dr. David Bungei said, “We are all affected and infected in a way, we should all come together as a community to ensure and make our County HIV free, because it is possible. Our Department is working towards ensuring that there’s an increased community-based delivery of HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care, which will help shape stronger HIV response and their role is an essential part of the movement towards universal health coverage.”
Kariuki, a Member from National AIDS Control Council (NACC) representative at the event stated that the prevalence rate nationally 1 out of 5 people nationally live with HIV. In this bracket most of the infected are the youth. Among the programs rolled out nationally include working with Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to train teachers in encouraging pupils and students to adhere to there medications and control stigmatization.
In attendance were, Health partners; Nandi Huduma Center, NACC, CASCO, NEPHAK, MWENDO, DSW, CACC, AMPATH, Emgwen Sub County Administrator, Area Chief and senior County Health Management Officials.
On Sunday; December 1, the 31st anniversary of World AIDS Day, the County Government of Nandi is joining partners with a collective action to expand prevention, with an added focus on lowering infection rates in young women and other key populations who are disproportionately affected by HIV.
The Department of Health is committed to continue working with partners to scale up antiretroviral treatment, to reach key and vulnerable populations including adolescent girls and young women, strengthening communities across the county.
This year, the global theme of World AIDS Day is “Communities make the difference” emphasizing that we are all members of our communities and that we can gain important support from those communities.
The day is an opportunity for the government, the public and partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care. It has become one of the most widely recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have died, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.
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Nandi County joined the rest of the world in marking World Prematurity Day (WPD) acknowledging the journeys of preterm infants and their families as well as raise awareness of the challenges faced by children born preterm and their families and to recognize the more than one million children who die due to complications from premature births.
Speaking at the event held at Serem Health Centre, the CEC for Health Ruth Koech highlighted the importance of prevention of premature birth and its complications through following up pregnancy from the first day and making appropriate tests during pregnancy and giving premature birth in well-equipped hospitals which provide required services without delay.
Premature birth is a very serious health problem. Premature birth is a birth that takes place more than three weeks before the baby’s estimated due date. In other words, premature birth is one that occurs before the start of the 37th week of pregnancy. Premature babies, especially those born very early, often have complicated medical problems.
The county government of Nandi is responding and creating more comprehensive and innovative plans to improve newborn survival and health with new measures to accelerate progress for newborn health. The plans outline specific actions to improve the quality care for newborns and mothers during labour and birth, and for the provision of essential care during the first week of life.
The Department of Health has also spearheaded the use of innovative solutions including cost effective technologies towards improving outcomes for new-borns and children. The nnovations and initiatives are already in place to provide health benefits to premature babies and end preventable newborn and under-5 births.
One of the initiatives is the Kangaroo Mother Care: The practice of the mother, or other caretaker, carrying the newborn in early, continuous, and prolonged skin-to skin contact and exclusive breastfeeding.
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An early birth can mean a lifetime of disabilities
While other parents are counting happy milestones – baby’s first smile, first tooth, first steps – the parents of premature babies are counting heartbeats. Premature babies aren’t just small, they often face ongoing health challenges. More newborns die from premature birth than from any other cause.
This year in Nandi County, 224 babies have been born premature while another 972 were born underweight (2500gms).
World Prematurity Day to be marked on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at Serem Health Centre aims to raise awareness of prematurity and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide because infants born preterm represent the largest child patient group.
Raising awareness of premature birth is the first step to defeating it. Please help us spread the word.
The county government of Nandi has embraced interventions towards improving, particularly emergency referrals and disaster response for the county residents hence it has greatly increased access to ambulatory services and health care to all residents, especially to the remote areas.
Cognizant of the services ambulances offer at different health facilities in the county, Governor Sang’s administration has focused on ensuring the ambulance services are prompt, affordable and accessible to support referral services and other urgencies.
The County Department of Health received a major boost with the acquisition of 10 state-of-the-art ambulances at a cost of Ksh. 58 million and will be distributed to various health facilities across the County. The ultra modern ambulances will support the ongoing efforts to improve and strengthen healthcare to Nandi residents.
Speaking at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital while checking on the ambulances, Governor Sang said the county government is working to ensure that health services were available to all people by opening more health facilities and ensuring they were stocked with medicine and had adequate medical personnel.
The Governor said that the acquisition of ambulances and other equipment was aimed at enhancing referral health services and efficiency in the delivery of health services throughout the county.
On her part, the CEC for Health Ruth Koech explained that the ambulances will assist the county to expeditiously deal with medical emergency services especially accidents and other related medical complications.
She reiterated that this is a milestone for the department of health as it has been identified that increasing health system pressures cannot be resolved only by adding resources, but must also be addressed with new methods of service delivery.
Ambulatory services are the primary providers of a 24/7 response to medical and trauma related emergencies. Hence, will be working in coordination with the established County Call Centre for rapid response in transportation of patients in a variety of controlled, uncontrolled, and disaster environments. The general public is advised to make use of the TOLL FREE number 1548. This will enable them get assistance efficiently.