News Categories: Health and Sanitation

09 Mar
By: Remmy Butia 0 0

MODERN MATERNITY WING OPENED IN NDALAT WARD

Expectant mothers in rural areas of Kabiemit in Ndalat Ward of Mosop sub-county and surroundings have a reason to smile after Kabiemit Maternity Wing officially opened its doors of their modern maternity wing.

The new facility will help address challenges facing maternal health sector in Ndalat ward and its environs as women from the area will now be able to access maternal health services from the facility without having to walk long distances.

The services to be offered under this wing include: family planning services, delivery services (normal delivery), obstetrics/gynaecology clinics, and antenatal/postnatal clinics and maternal and child care.

The opening of the 16 bed capacity maternity wing is part of a wider plan of strengthening lower level health facilities across Nandi County to achieve a robust community health management with an efficient referral system. This will see the construction and equipping of medical facilities to enable them handle most of the diagnostics and maternity services.

Speaking at the event, Governor Sang said that the county government is committed to increase investment in health care, improve infrastructure for emergency obstetric and newborn care, increase investment in the rights and education of adolescent girls, and support family planning services, among other core actions.

“To ensure all expectant mothers are safe and that they get quality health services, I encourage mothers to deliver in the nearest maternity facility under the supervision of a skilled health worker,” said the governor.

The maternity unit will help to turn around the number of home deliveries into safe skilled deliveries. It will also improve maternal health services in Ndalat ward and impact on health in the vast Nandi County. Many women can today access the facility and receive required assistance.

Also present were the CEC for Health Ruth Koech, the Ndalat Ward MCA among other guests.

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05 Mar
By: Remmy Butia 0 0

BEYOND ZERO COMMUNITY OUTREACHES SET TO IMPROVE MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH OUTCOMES IN NANDI COUNTY

Pregnancy-related complications are a major cause of mortality in women of reproductive age. Fifteen women die every day due to pregnancy related complications in Kenya.

To improve maternal and child health outcomes in Nandi County, the department of health has scheduled community outreach Programs through the Beyond Zero Mobile Clinic to accelerate the provision of prenatal and postnatal medical treatment to women and children.

The Department of Health seeks to start mothers and children on the right path, setting them up for the best future possible.

Next week, on March 10th and 11th, the Beyond Zero Team heads to Tindiret Sub county to offer free services to the far-to-reach communities. The services to be offered include; neonatal care, child immunization, counseling, family planning, health education, antenatal profile testing an treatment of minor ailments.

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04 Mar
By: Remmy Butia 0 0

NANDI MARKS WORLD HEARING DAY, DISPEL MYTHS, ENCOURAGE EARLY INTERVENTION AND TREATMENT FOR HEARING LOSS

The world hearing day is commemorated every 3rd of March, with the aim of increasing awareness about good ear health and prevention of deafness.

Nandi County in collaboration with Children’s Speech and Hearing Foundation and Centre for Hearing India joined rest of the world in marking the day with the theme “Don’t Let Hearing Loss Limit You” to mark the importance of having regular check-ups as a strategy for preventing Hearing loss and deafness. The event was open to the public and school children where conducted free ear screening, ear care and hearing health talks, consultations, issuing of advocacy materials such as brochures, and social media campaign on ear care.

In honour of the day, the Department of Health and its partners organised a number of activities in and around Kapsabet to commemorate the day including medical camps where free services like; ear screening, treatment of ear diseases, ear/nose/throat.

Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Cheruiyot who was the Chief Guest at the event said that the county government will collaborate with organizations and people who are passionate about helping those with hearing loss connect to the resources and organizations they need.

“Often left untreated in adults, hearing loss is associated with other medical conditions such as dementia, heart disease, and diabetes—and can have a negative impact on one’s social life, personal relationships, mental health, and quality of life,” said Ruth Koech, CEC for Health.

Dr. Anup Anand from Centre for Hearing in India urged parents to take their children for early screening. “Before you consider taking your child to school for the deaf, take them for hearing loss check up first, since the problem could be solved at an ENT centre,” he said.

Among prevention measures that hearing experts are proposing include; Immunizing children against childhood diseases, including measles, meningitis, rubella and mumps; Immunizing adolescent girls and women of reproductive age against rubella before pregnancy; Screening for and treating syphilis and other infections in pregnant women; Improving antenatal and perinatal care, including promotion of safe childbirth; Following healthy ear care practices and Screening of children for Otitis Media, followed by appropriate medical or surgical interventions.

Unaddressed hearing loss can increase social barriers in the education field, at work and in many other aspects of life. In children, for example, hearing plays a fundamental role in language development: hearing loss during childhood and adolescence may cause reduction in attention and concentration ability, as well as difficulty reading and understanding with a negative effect on school performance. Early detection and treatment of hearing loss has a positive impact on learning ability.

There is no cure for hearing loss! Protect your hearing, and if you already have hearing loss, take steps to keep it from getting worse.

Also present were the CEC for Tourism and Social Welfare Wilson Taiy, Director for Health Dr. David Bungei, Regional Director NCPWD, among other officials.

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28 Feb
By: Remmy Butia 0 1

JOIN US | TO MARK WORLD HEARING DAY

World Hearing Day is held on March 3 each year to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world.

The theme of the campaign for 2020 is “Hearing for Life. Don’t let hearing loss limit you”.

On World Hearing Day 2020, the County Government of Nandi in partnership with Children’s Speech and Hearing Loss Foundation seeks to draw attention to the importance of early identification and intervention for hearing loss. Many people live with unidentified hearing loss, often failing to realize that they are missing out on certain sounds and words. Checking one’s hearing is the first step towards addressing the issue.

The event will be held at the County Department of Sports Grounds beginning at 9am.

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20 Feb
By: Mitchelle Jelimo 0 2

COUNTIES BENCHMARKING IN NANDI’S TRANSFORMED HEALTH SECTOR

The County Government of Nandi has become a focal point on matters development and learning model on devolution for other counties.

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang, earlier in the week received delegations from Makueni, Kitui and Bomet Counties who are on a benchmarking tour.

The delegation visited Kapsabet County Referral Hospital where they paid a courtesy call to the Medical Superintendant Dr. Daniel Kemboi who welcomed them to the facility. Among the areas of interest being the Health Management Information System (HMIS).

Mwakavi Justus, from Makueni County lauded Nandi for the innovative use of the Management System especially in healthcare. “The HMIS is a really great way to track all happenings in health facilities, especially for planning and monitoring the flow of commodities. It is what we need for all the health facilities in the Country to monitor services and to keep our data,” said Mr.Mwakavi.

“We are happy to have counties coming to Nandi to benchmark. This is a very good initiative. We believe that every county has a positive story to tell about devolution and that is why we are opening our doors to host Counties and exchange our developments” mentioned Dr. Kemboi the Medical Superintendant.

The team later toured the facilities Radiology Department, Wards, Outpatient and the ongoing Mother and Child Construction.

According to Kitui Chief Officer for Health, lessons learnt from Nandi will be used to prioritize development agendas in respective wards based on analyzed and interpreted information.

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19 Feb
By: Mitchelle Jelimo 0 3

HOPE AS NEW NANDI HILLS HOSPITAL TRAUMA CENTRE NEARS COMPLETION.

With the rapid development of modern society, high-energy injuries caused by traffic accidents, falling, collapsing, crushing and natural disasters occur frequently and the incidence of severe trauma remains high.

Work on the new 16.8 million shillings Trauma Centre at Nandi Hills Hospital is nearing completion in Nandi Hills Sub County, bringing a substantial addition to the Nandi Hills Hospital. This will enable the Hospital to offer patients a wide array of advanced technology.

The ultra-modern health facility, is expected to bring much hope to the people of Nandi Hills Sub County and is environs of accessing quality health services.

The CEC for Health Ruth Koech said that work on the multimillion Hospital is on track. She explained that the project has now reached 95%.

The CEC, who toured the facility, which is currently under construction said that the state-of-the-art facility will be the first of its kind in the region.

Emmanuel Kipyego 35, a resident of Nandi Hills town, said the new hospital is a positive development in Nandi. “We are glad that this is happening at our time here in Nandi Hills, since we can see and witness it,” he said.

The facility will have an emergency trauma unit with a 24 hour ambulance service system, two theatres, Intensive Care Unit and a High Dependency Unit (HDU).

The health executive said the emergency trauma unit is being set up to cater for accident victims as the Nandi Hills – Kericho – Kisumu highway has no trauma hospital.

Other mega projects under construction are the Shs 409 million Kapsabet County Referral Hospital with Mother and Baby Unit, the new Shs 17.8 million Kabiyet Hospital, Kobujoi Hospital at Shs 29million, Shs 49 million Chepterwai Trauma Centre and Meteitei Hospital Maternity Wing at Shs 6.4 million.

Also, there are projects which rolled over from Financial Year 2018/19 that are nearing completion, these include; construction of new 17 dispensaries and 10 new maternity wings.

To ensure easy movement of patients in dire need of emergency health services, the county government of Nandi has purchased ten state-of-the-art ambulances with all the necessary lifesaving equipment. This fleet will be deployed to cover all the sub counties.

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04 Feb
By: Remmy Butia 0 0

NANDI COUNTY COMMEMORATES WORLD CANCER DAY

The County Government of Nandi joined the rest of the world in marking this year’s World Cancer Day under the global theme “I am and I will”.

‘I am and I will’ is the empowering call-to-action urging for personal commitments and represent the power of the individual action taken now to impact the future. The local theme for this years is ‘I am concerned. I will fight cancer.’

Annette, cervical cancer survivor

The theme emphasizes the need for individuals to harness and mobilize the solutions and catalyze positive change in cancer prevention, control and treatment. It is in line with the Ministry of Health transformative agenda which integrates provision of promotive, preventive and screening, early diagnosis and treatment, rehabilitative and palliative health care services in the fight against cancer.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of deaths globally, with approximately 14 million new cases recorded each year.

Cervical cancer survivor Annette from Kapsabet town maintains that stigmatization remains a major challenge facing cancer victims.

Cancer Support Group

‘‘Have walked this journey and i know what it takes, in many occasions those next to me were avoiding all that i undertook including sitting next to me, we can not win the war against cancer with stigmatization on the rise.’’ she said.

Annette survived cervical cancer after getting early diagnosis and treatment.

CEC for Lands, Environment and Natural Resources Dr Philemon Bureti

She is now urging parents to take their female children for cervical screening saying cervical cancer is treatable at early stages and they should not shy away.

“Screening saves lives by detecting cancers early, often before they have spread and when more treatment options are available,” says Kenei, Oncologist at Kapsabet County Referral Hospital.

Chief Officer for Social Welfare Scholastica Tuwei

He noted that the commonest cancers under review at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital are; cancer of the breast, cancer of gastrointestinal tract comprising of the esophagus, stomach, colon and rectum, cancer of the cervix, lymphomas and leukemia and cancer of the ovary.

Kapsabet Ward MCA Hon. Fred Kipkemboi

Speaking during the event, the CEC Administration, Public Service and e-Government Triza Morogo who was the Chief Guest noted that early detection of cancer helps in treatment as well as reduce the costs involved in treatment.

Screening for various cancers (breast, prostate and cervical) for the general public was offered at the Hospital. This was done by doctors and other health professionals drawn from the referral hospital at no cost. The screening services are available at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital Oncology Department.

Also present were the Kapsabet Ward MCA Hon. Fred Kipkemboi, CEC for Lands, Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Philemon Bureti, Chief Officer for Social Welfare Scholastica Tuwei and Kapsabet Ward Administrator Ms Grace among other senior county officials.

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02 Feb
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COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF NANDI PUT A SMILE ON THE FACES OF CLEFT LIP PATIENTS

At least Twenty four youngsters from seven counties of Nandi, Kericho, Uasin Gishu, Bomet, Makueni, Elgeiyo Marakwet and Nakuru, underwent free transformative cleft lip and palate operations at Nandi Hills County Hospital. Thanks to an initiative by the County Government of Nandi in partnership with BelaRisu Foundation and Smile Train for their dedication to give free medical support to those with the condition.

Cleft lip and palate is a condition that occurs when a baby’s lip or mouth does not form fully during pregnancy. It can either be a small or large opening that goes through the lip to the nose, making feeding and speaking difficult.

Two operation rooms were made available at the hospital, with food and other supplies provided to all patients and their families for free by the county hospital.

Brenda Jerono from Bomet said she was grateful to both the hospital and BelaRisu for helping treat her seven-month-old boy Brian Kipchumba.

“I feel so glad and relieved, I never believed my son would one day benefit from any surgery, am so happy,” she said. “It feels like such a big burden and weight has been removed from my shoulders thanks to the successful surgery.”

Dr. Joseph Kangor, Nandi Hills County Hospital Medical Superintendent called the experience both a challenging and rewarding one, “I was more than happy to take part because this was for a good cause, helping families who could not financially afford to have the surgery for their children. Seeing the emotional impact on the faces of the parents after the surgery is an indescribable feeling that makes it all worth it,” he added.

“Our surgical program changes the entire course of our patients’ lives,” said Dr. Martin Kamau , CEO BelaRisu Foundation. “And by forming the partnership with the County Government of Nandi, together we are building a powerful legacy of hope and healing that’s contributing to the overall development of the region and beyond.”

For Everline Cherop, a resident of Ndalat Ward, the free surgery changed the course of life for her 9 month old daughter Sandra Chepkemboi.

“I have always been very worried about her future and what would happen to her if I didn’t get her the surgery she needs,” said Sandra’s mother, Everline Cherop. “But now, I am no longer worried, my child can put on a smile,” she said. “I thank the County Government of Nandi and the doctors for the free service we received,” she added.

Nandi Hills MCA Hon. Gideon Koech thanked the County Government of Nandi and BelaRisu for choosing Nandi Hills Hospital. “I pray that we make the medical camp an annual event,” said Hon. Koech.

This year, the medical camp saw an increase of beneficiaries from last year’s 19 to this year’s 24.

Clefts are the leading birth defect in many developing countries.

No one knows exactly what the cause of a cleft lip and palate is, but most experts agree that the causes are due to a number of factors which may include genetic predisposition as well as environmental issues such as drug and alcohol use, smoking, maternal illness, infections, lack of Vitamin B, also known as folic acid.

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01 Feb
By: Remmy Butia 0 0

LOLKERINGET HEALTH CENTRE RECEIVES 50,000 LITRES WATER HARVESTING SYSTEM

WASH services in healthcare facilities are fundamental to the provision of quality, people-centred care.

The lack of safe water, functional toilets and hand washing facilities in healthcare settings poses significant health risks to patients, healthcare workers and nearby communities.

Waterlines USA handed over a water harvesting project to Lolkeringet Health Centre in Kabiyet Ward, Mosop Sub County.

Waterlines Director Diane Reimers said “This has truly been a collaborative journey with the community, the contractor and the County Government of Nandi. The idea of building a water harvesting tank is truly heartwarming to witness the idea that came to pass.”

Speaking during the occasion, Waterlines Mark Reimers quipped, “Waterlines USA is excited to be part of this water and sanitation project. The handover of this 50,000 litre water harvesting tank, is creating impact and changing lives, that’s why we are at Lolkeringet Health Centre today.”

The CEC for Health Ruth Koech thanked the organization. “Water plays an important role in the health care field, for Waterlines, we can’t thank you enough for your support,” she said.

WASH in healthcare facilities provides the basis for “do no harm” and plays a critical role in infection control.

Present at the event were the County Director for Health Dr. David Bungei and Kabiyet Ward Administrator.

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31 Jan
By: Remmy Butia 0 4

FREE SURGICAL CAMP AT THE NANDI HILLS COUNTY HOSPITAL

 

A five-month-old boy, Allan Kipyego from Kabianga in Kericho County is among beneficiaries of a two day free medical/surgical camp sponsored by the County Government of Nandi in partnership with BelaRisu Foundation and Smile Train.

Allan Kipyego is among the over 30 patients who have been screened in the first day of the medical camp. His father Peter Boit and mother Agnes Boit could not hide their joy and expressed their gratitude to the County Government of Nandi, BelaRisu Foundation and Smile Train for organizing the free medical camp.

CEC Ruth Koech & Director for Health Dr. David Bungei checking on Viola Ntaanu’s Baby from Makueni scheduled for surgery

The CEC for Health Ruth Koech urged parents with children suffering from such conditions to take advantage of the free medical camp that goes on till Saturday.

On his part, the County Director for Health Dr. David Bungei called on locals to seek early treatment to avoid preventable complications.

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