News Categories: Health and Sanitation

10 Aug
By: Evans Sirma 0 0

Nandi County celebrates The International Youth Week as opportunities for the youth are unveiled by Governor Stephen Sang

Unemployment is an alarming challenge that has seen educated youth waste away in so many struggles due to the limited job opportunities. The annual graduations that are highly celebrated, be they certificates, diplomas or degrees carry a lot of joy for excellence only for them to mutate into anxiety and restlessness soon after due to the limited job market. Youth end up taking any available opportunities to make ends meet.
The County Government of Nandi through various departments is intentional in addressing the challenges facing the youth in Nandi County.
As the International Youth Week comes to wrap up, the county government is set to unbundle the opportunities that seek to improve the state of the youthful population. The Department of Public Service has unveiled 400 internship opportunities for the youth across the county. This is in line with Governor Stephen Sang’s manifesto that pledged to create internship opportunities for the youth so as to enable them acquire the necessary skills and experience as they enhance their professional growth.

The opportunities that do not require any past working experience is open to any youth with a certificate, diploma or degree from a reputable institution. This will ensure that skilled and deserving youth who may not have had an opportunity to work after their schooling get a chance to work and acquire the required experience as they also serve Nandi County. The interns will be paid a stipend of between Ksh. 8,000 and Ksh. 12,000. Applications can be done through <a href=””/> .

The Department of Education on the other has also opened opportunities for 800 ECD teachers whose successful applicants will have an opportunity to serve for at least three years. The opportunities are spread across all wards in the county as listed in the advert here

Among other opportunities set for the youth on this day include enhancement of the 30% Access to Government Procurement Opportunities. Most youth with start-up companies lack capital even after winning the tenders thus affecting the quality of works done. In a bid to bridge this gap, the county government is set to sign an MoU with Youth Enterprise Development Fund so as to increase the uptake of tenders by youths in the various county departments, and linking up with institutions that provide youth friendly loans for LPOs and LSOs.

On to top of this, the county government is heading towards Performance Based Contracting that enable the youth organize themselves and benefit from the County Government’s funds for maintenance of roads in each ward by performing tasks such as bush clearing, drainage opening, installing culverts etc. Contracts under this program will run for a period not less than 1 year and not more than 3 years.The youth has a role in protecting the environment.

The Department of Youth in conjunction with that of Environment is set to offer youth opportunities to benefit from being engaged in planting trees, establish nurseries and supply the seedlings to the county government under an agreed framework.

Among other programs are entrepreneurial training and start-up support, sponsorship for training and acquisition of technical skills and opportunities for scholarships and sponsorship’s based on talent where the county government will identify, exploit and support in the development of youth talent while engaging stakeholders who can extend scholarship opportunities for such talents.

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08 Aug
By: Evans Sirma 0 1

KENPHIA survey flagged off in Nandi

In line with the Presidents Big Four Agenda of Quality and Affordable Health Care, The Ministry of Health together with The National AIDS & STI Control Program (NASCOP) and their partners, The Kenya Population Based HIV Impact Assessment (KENPHIA) recently launched a survey program that is to be conducted Nationwide.

The launch marked the beginning of a six-month fieldwork component which involves survey teams visiting selected households for data collection. In total the survey teams will visit 20,000 selected household distributed across all the 47 counties and interview approximately 35,000 individuals.

In Nandi County, The Governor Stephen Sang launched the exercise, that saw a flagging off of eight teams that comprised field lab technicians, medical officers and counselors. The teams will visit 25 households in 12 clusters and about 300 households in total. The villages participating were randomly selected through multistage double-blind sampling, after statistics was done by The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. The goal of the survey is to estimate the incidence and prevalence of HIV as well as determine the level of HIV Suppression of HIV in Kenya. The survey is a build up of the 5 yearly survey done in the country.

The launch is aimed at sensitizing and increasing awareness on the onset of the collection of data by KENPHIA at the County level, increasing County buy in and encourage the community to participate and to also sensitize the healthcare workers on the exercise and prepare them for linkage services. The launch has brought together all the Stakeholders and Collaborators and created awareness to the members of the County to empower and encourage them to participate in the survey.

In his address The Governor said that the survey will provide information on progress and update on key HIV program initiatives including coverage of HIV testing, care and treatment services, knowledge of HIV indicates in the County and the progress towards elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and Syphilis. He also further added that, the survey will aid in informing policy, planning and services required to ensure universal coverage of quality HIV prevention, care and treatment services that are critical towards the attainment of the UNAIDS 90-90 GOALS.


The community is hereby urged to turn out and participate in the voluntary based survey and do it willingly as it will give bolder and greater impacts in the society. Courtesy of the partners we can eradicate HIV and reduce its prevalence.

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07 Aug
By: Evans Sirma 0 1

Immunization levels set to increase as The Department of Health and Sanitation seek strategic partnerships

Affordable and quality healthcare is achieved when an all health sectors have been put to consideration. To achieve this, the Department of Health and Sanitation is partnering with different organizations to ensure it’s achieved.

Kanco is a leading national health advocacy network organization that aims at improving health and well-being among communities through capacity building and promotion of innovative leadership majoring in the universal advocacy of HIV and AIDS, TB, Child Health including Immunization and Nutrition.

Nandi County’s health indicators on immunization are at 67%which is still low compared to the required 100%. To improve this, the partnership with Kanco aims at engaging leaders at the county level to make commitments on child immunization, facilitate the adaptation of immunization promotion materials and messages and develop community level immunization scorecards to promote demand for vaccines.

The partnership will also ensure accountability, organize grassroots meetings with elected leaders from informal settlements, identify, train and mentor county immunization champions. It will also seek to hold meetings and capacity building with religious leaders on immunization and engage the media in the campaign.

Raising the levels of familiarity to immunization wil increase the access to quality healthcare and public health services at an individual and community level which is done through advocacy.

The partnership, therefore, shall be crucial in enhancing the healthcare standards in the county.

The organization met the County Health Management Team to discuss the partnership details and its implementation. The meeting was chaired by the County Health Director Dr. Joseph Kangor, who reiterated emphasized on the risks of children missing immunization.

The County Government calls on the residents of Nandi to work closely with the health officers when the will be rolled out.


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26 Jul
By: Remmy Butia 0 2


The County government of Nandi continues to equip health facilities across the entire county in an effort to improve and strengthen the quality of health care in the county.

Speaking after inspecting the ongoing construction of Kapsengere Health Centre in Terik Ward, the Chief Officer for Medical Services Dr. Paul Lagat said that the department of health and sanitation recognises that a healthy population is a basic human right and a force for development.

“Our focus is to boost preventive and curative health care services because the department of health and sanitation recognises that a healthy population is both a fundamental basic human right as well as a prerequisite to the development of our county,” said Dr. Lagat.

Access to quality and affordable healthcare remains a right to every citizen. Working round the clock to see that happens, the department of Health is ensuring that no patient has to walk no more than five kilometers to access healthcare services by opening up and increasing the number of health facilities.

Governor Sang’s administration had on assumption of office made it a priority to reposition the heath sector for quality healthcare service delivery. To this end, stalled projects are being completed and equipped in addition to refurbishing the existing ones.

Several other facilities in Nandi are set to be operationalized this financial year.









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17 Jul
By: Evans Sirma 0 1

Nandi County’s Big 4 picks momentum

A committee chaired by Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Mitei that is tasked with the process of aligning the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) with that of the National Government’s Big Four agenda held a meeting to deliberate on the structure that is going to guide and align county’s agenda with the National’s agenda of the Big Four.

The County Government of Nandi is seeking to seize and leverage on this timely opportunity and fit in the national government’s plans as it strives to transform lives through manufacturing, Agriculture, affordable housing and universal healthcare.

The County Government has allocated resources for some of the flagship projects in the Financial Year 2018/2019 so as to ensure timely and smooth impleme ntation



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11 Jul
By: Remmy Butia 0 0

Nandi County launches family planning program, mark world population day

Lack of access by adolescent girls to family planning, including contraceptive information, education and services is a major contributing factor to unwanted teenage pregnancy and maternal death. Today as the world marks World Population Day under the theme “Family Planning is a Human Right” access to contraception is important to promote sustainable population growth.

Family planning is important in enabling parents space their children to promote both the health of the mother and the child. It is critical in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by regulating the population growth. Nandi County has an annual population growth of 3% and a total fertility rate of 4. Life expectancy stands at male 58 years and female 60 years. The poverty index is 47%.

In marking the World Population Day, Nandi County launched its first family planning costed implementation plan (2018-2022). The plan lays the groundwork for family planning prioritization, coordination and budgeting in the county, and will help guide resource mobilization efforts.

The family planning costed implementation plan is a five-year roadmap designed to help the county to promote and achieve its family planning goals and guide its investments in the sector. Goals that when achieved will save thousands of lives and improve the health and well-being of women, families and communities. The plan was developed in support and partnership with Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) in a bid to improve family planning access and service delivery to the public.

The plan aims to increase the county’s modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) to 68% among women of reproductive age in Nandi and reduce the unmet family planning needs to 40% by 2022.

If fully implemented, Nandi Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Cheruiyot said that the costed strategy will help the county reach its target of increasing access to modern contraceptives to 68% by the year 2022. Modern contraceptive use in Nandi County is currently at 58% (Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2017). Reaching the county’s target will not only contribute to averting maternal deaths, but spur development as well, she said.

Dr. Paul Lagat, Chief Officer in charge of Medical Services, remarked that because of the plan, never again a matter as important as family planning funding will be left to guess work.

On her part, Chief Officer Preventive and Promotive Services Sally Kemboi said that family planning increases the economic growth per capita output by 20-30%, contributing considerably to the attainment of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Angela Barh, the DSW International Director, Programs and Projects said the family planning costed implementation plan is a document that will help the county to project family planning needs, especially in terms of investment of human and financial resources.

Present at the launch were Elly Kurgat CEC Youth Affairs, Sports and Arts, Hon. Cynthia Muge, MCA Kilibwoni Ward, Hon. Terry Maiyo, Hon. Jepkoech, DSW Country Director Evlyn Samba, Christine Andalo the County Reproductive Health Coordinator, Tecla Kimeto the County Nursing Officer NCPD officials among other health officials and FP-CIP development team








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06 Jul
By: Evans Sirma 0 0

Cuban doctors report to work in Nandi County

The County Governor H.E. Stephen Kipyego Sang and The Deputy Governor H.E Dr.Yulita Cheruiyot today welcomed two Cuban doctors deployed to Nandi County from the National Government.The doctors will assist the medical personnel in the County in line with the governors agenda of provision of universal,quality and affordable healthcare to the mwananchi.

Dr.Dayana Raley Fernandes,a Radiologist and Dr.Clara Isaak ,a family medicine specialist; are among the 100 specialists deployed to the countries,47 counties.

Addressing the members of the fourth estate,and the Counties medical team when he received the doctors in his office this morning, Governor Sang said that The County Government will jointly work with the neighb oring counties to ensure that the services of the Cuban doctors are utilized in areas where we lack the expertise in our health sector.He added that,the doctors will not be permanently working in the stationed Sub-counties,but will as well draw the services of other Cuban specialists placed at hospitals in our neighboring counties.

Governor Sang also urged the medical officers in the county to work closely with the doctors so as to benefit from the expertise of the specialists as they interact with them in the course of their work.

On her part The Deputy Governor concurred that the doctors will fill the gaps existing in the health department and also ease the work in the hospitals with the rising cases of seasonal diseases.

She added that The County Government has aligned itself with implementation of its key major flagship projects with the President’s `Big Four’ Agenda of Affordable Housing, Better Health Care, Manufacturing and Agriculture to ensure that the residents receive the much needed services without much difficulty.

She stressed on the government’s commitment to equip the health facilities in the entire county with proper and better equipment, drugs as well as rolling out NHIF cover to the elderly and vulnerable members of the community to cushion them from hospital costs.She further urged the residents to adhere to a proper nutrition as we journey to eradicate the high levels of malnutrition in the county.








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18 May
By: Remmy Butia 0 0


CEC Ruth Koech talks to nurses during her 9pm visit to Kapsabet County Referral Hospital

Health and Sanitation CEC Ruth Koech chats with security guards at KCRH

Health and Sanitation CEC Member Mrs. Ruth Koech, made an impromptu visit at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital with an aim of assessing the hospital’s level of preparedness in case of an emergency.

During the 9pm visit, the CEC member toured various wards in the hospital, where she reiterated the County Government’s commitment to modernise the facility to attend health care needs for the Nandi residents.

She said she was committed to working to ensure that the hospital operates competitively with private hospitals in the county.

After touring the facility, the county executive member shared some light moments with nurses, patients, the cleaners and the security guards.

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11 Dec
By: Evans Sirma 0 1


The county government of Nandi under the leadership of Governor Sang has pledged to make the region a model county in the provision of quality and affordable healthcare to the residents of Nandi, county executive member for health and sanitation has said.

The county executive member spoke on Friday when she visited health facilities in Terik Ward to assess its status.

She said the government has embarked on refurbishing and equipping health facilities of all categories in the county as well as recruitment of more medical staff to ease shortages.

Ruth Koech who has a background in health, understands what needs to be done to turn around the health sector in the county. “We are committed as a government to improving all public health centres in Nandi to state-of-the-art standards which everyone would prefer visiting for medical services,” she said.

This will ease the congestion which referral hospitals are facing as patients from remote areas will no longer require to travel as they will get the services they need at their nearby facilities.

On her tour, the county executive visited Kapsengere Dispensary, Chemobo Dispensary, Kapsamoch Health Centre, Kesengei Dispensary and Iboe Dispensary.

She was accompanied by the area MCA Hon. Osborn Komen, Acting CO Health and Sanitation Mrs. Eliseba Arusei and the Acting Director for Health Dr. Joseph Kangor.

Health and Sanitation CEC Ruth Koech addressing the residents of Kapsengere

Healthand Sanitation CEC Ruth Koech together with Kapsengere Ward MCA Hon. Osborn Komen at Chemobo Dispensary

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29 Nov
By: Evans Sirma 0 1


Health and Sanitation CEC Ruth Koech addressing Kapsabet residents during Real Community Medical Camp


Residents of Nandi have been urged to embrace the services offered by the Kenya National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) and to frequently go for medical checkups.

Addressing the residents of Kapsabet during the Real Community Foundation Medical Camp organized by Reale Hospital Kapsabet Branch, the CECM for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech noted that many of Nandi residents are not yet registered with NHIF, which she said was risky in case of an emergency.

The CEC urged the residents to secure NHIF cards for better healthcare service delivery whenever they are admitted in hospitals and cannot afford to settle the bill.


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