News Categories: Health and Sanitation

26 Sep
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Residents of Nandi County joined the global community in commemorating the World Contraception Day (WCD) that is celebrated annually on 26th September. The day is dedicated to increasing awareness of contraceptives and prioritizing the distribution and accessibility of information regarding sexual and reproductive health.

The commemoration was held at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital with the theme “Breaking Myths” and was presided over by the County Reproductive Health Coordinator Irine Berenge who urged all pregnant mothers to attend antenatal care services available in all healthcare facilities in the county so as to reduce maternal deaths in Nandi County as well as eliminating complications related to the same.

The County Government of Nandi is working to increase awareness on the access to family planning services on the adolescents and the youth, while also striving to reduce sexual gender-based violence in the County.

DSW Youth Champion Mary Wambui called for the mentoring of healthcare workers in order for them to have the right attitude towards youths. She said the attitude will allow patients to freely walk into health facilities and access services to avoid repercussions of unsafe abortion attempts, honestly and openly discuss their reproductive issues, and avoid over the counter purchase of FP services without thorough check ups.

By allowing women to choose whether, when and how many children to have helps to end poverty cycles and helps in progressing sustainable and thriving development goals.

Male involvement was also advocated for in family planning because it is a strategy for addressing pressing world reproductive health problems. Men can assist in preventing early and unintended pregnancies, as well as foster safe motherhood and practice responsible fatherhood. This helps both parents plan their families in accordance with their needs and resources.

The partners who supported the event were Marie Stopes International and DSW.

Also present were the Nandi County Nursing Officer Laban Talam, Health Advocacy Officer Jane Samoei among other officials.

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16 Sep
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The County Government of Nandi has signed an MoU with Project ECHO – Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC) to provide universal healthcare in the county.

The collaboration is envisaged to support various health department programs and hospitals within the county’s health sector.

The partnership will be instrumental in utilizing the ECHO Model for continuous capacity building of healthcare providers at all levels of healthcare system which includes specialists, doctors, paramedical professionals, mid-level health providers and frontline workers.

The County Government of Nandi and Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) partnership aims to improve access to care for rural and traditionally under-served patients by training health professionals in high quality, evidence based treatment of complex diseases.

Clinicians based in rural and under-served communities participate in tele – ECHO ‘clinics’ through a Hub and Spoke model.

This model also offers an opportunity for reviewing programs, capacity building of staff and dissemination of programmatic updates.

Project ECHO is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that empowers clinicians to provide better care to more people right where they live.

The Department of Health core mandate is to ensure availability of equitable, affordable and good quality healthcare services to the masses.

At the centre of Governor Sang’s efforts is a strong primary healthcare system with major focus on preventive and promotive healthcare services to Nandi residents.

The documents were signed by County Secretary Dr Francis Sang MBS and witnessed by the Director Administration, Finance and Planning Fredrick Kiptum and Kapsabet County Referral Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Daniel Kemboi.

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15 Sep
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Charged with the responsibility of regulating nursing and midwifery Education and practice in Kenya, which entails: registration and licensing of nurses and midwives for their eligibility to practice as competent nurses and midwives; enhancing competencies of nurses among other activities, the Nursing Council of Kenya is a key pillar in the realization of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

The Nursing Council of Kenya team are currently in Nandi and Uasin Gishu counties to check on licensure status of nurses and midwives as well as graduate internship.

While receiving the council members in his office, the County Secretary Dr Francis Sang MBS thanked the council for it’s commitment to transformative devolved healthcare in line with the constitutional right of every Kenyan to access to the highest standard of quality healthcare.

The County Secretary, informed the council that the County Government of Nandi under the leadership of Governor Stephen Sang was dedicated to ensure the county achieves high standards of healthcare provision to the residents by recruiting competent nurses.

The NCK Team was led by Leonard Kipkurui Langat, Director, Registration and Licensing.

Also present at the meeting was Fredrick Kiptum, Director Administration, Finance and Planning at the Department of Health.

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02 Sep
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Hearing loss can affect the development of children’s ability to engage in age-appropriate activities, their functional speech communication skills, and their language skills.

Natural acquisition of speech and spoken language is not often seen in individuals with profound hearing loss unless appropriate intervention is initiated early.

The County Government of Nandi has today signed an MoU with Children’s Speech and Hearing Loss Organization (CHISHLO) to provide support services to families and children with hearing and speech challenges in Nandi County.

The project will involve implementation of infant/childhood hearing screening program at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital and in twenty pre-schools (ECDs) within the county. The screening will be complimented by coat effective referral linkages within and outside the county.

The goal is to identify children who might have a hearing loss so that they may receive free early intervention services to promote their speech or language and academic development. The project will run for one year.

The MOU was signed by the County Secretary Dr Francis Sang MBS and Stephen Kitur and witnessed by the CECM Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech and John Serem.

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25 May
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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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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 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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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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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
By: Remmy Butia 0 1


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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