Society / Health & Science
Friday, 24 Nov 2017 12:19 EATbmulu@kenyafreepress.com
The United States Agency for International Development (USAid) -funded Aphia Plus yesterday gave the Kitui County Health and Sanitation Ministry medical equipment worth Sh100 million.
The equipment that included two maternity beds, cabinets, cryotherapy machines, tables, chairs, cylinders and gas, were handed over to Governor Charity Kaluki Ngilu by the Aphia Plus Kitui County Programmes Coordinator Patience Ziro at a function held at the Kitui County Referral Hospital.
Mrs Ngilu was accompanied by her deputy Dr Gideon Wathe Nzau, the County Health and Sanitation Minister Rosaita Ngina and the ministry’s acting Chief Officer, Dr Evans Mumo among other officials from her government. Ziro said the two maternity beds, each at a cost of Sh200,000, are for the Kitui County Referral Hospital and Mwingi Level Four Hospital.
“We have also brought some cryotherapy machines for the treatment of cancerous diseases in the county,” the non-governmental organisation official added. “That are some of the services we have been supporting as the Aphia Plus to support the common man in Kitui through the USAid’s funding where we have been working since 2011,” Ziro said.
She said USAid will continue supporting the health of the mothers, children and fathers of Kitui "because we know the need is there. So we just need to work together with the people and leaders of this county for their own benefits.” She highly thanked the community for attending the function “for without you who are we serving!”
Ziro also said that they have been supporting the trainings of the county’s community health workers for quality health services. “Apart from that service, we are supporting a total of 12,000 orphans and vulnerable children in the county in education,” she said.
The expert added that they support the haematological services in the county’s health facilities. She announced that they are going to provide the county with a satellite blood unit. “This is because we don’t have that unit in the county. We depend on the Machakos and Embu County Referral Hospitals for satellite blood unit services,” she said.
Ziro said they are working towards reducing the maternal deaths in the county that occur because of profuse bleeding during the child delivery at the local health institutions. “We need the health services in Kitui County and we need to utilise the services. We work in the county through the USAID’s funding. We the Aphia Plus do not have our own money. All our funding is from the USAID and we are happy with it for the gesture,” Ziro said.
Ngilu officially flagged off the equipment to some 70 health facilities in the county. The county has about 300 health facilities including the Kitui County Referral Hospital. “Last week I flagged off 35 medics including eight pharmacists to various health facilities in the county," Ngilu said. “As you know that the health is a devolved function in Kenya, this county will not lag behind in quality healthcare,” the governor said.
She thanked their county’s development partners including the USAID, Aphia Plus, African Medical Research Foundation, ICAP, Kenya Red Cross, PATH, National Organisation of Peer Education (NOPE), Land O’ Lakes and Liverpool VCT.
“The USAID and Aphia Plus have today given us equipment worth Sh100 million. These are the people who really work for the health of the Kitui people,” Ngilu said. She announced that the county government was planning to buy some Electrocardiography (ECG), Computed Tomography (CT) Scan and X-rays machines in January 2018 for the good of their people’s healthcare.
In her speech, Ngina highly thanked the American people for the support. “The equipment that we have been given today is going to 70 health facilities in all the county’s 16 districts,” the minister said. “We want the Kitui County Referral Hospital to receive its share as a beneficiary in the equipment,” she said.
She also Ngina said that as a ministry they have a lot of problems on the sides of staff, finance and buildings. “So we are happy with our donors,” she said. The minister said that currently there are 1.2 people in Kitui County. “This is a very vast county,” she said. Kitui is the sixth largest out of all the Kenya’s 47 counties. The Kitui County Deputy Governor also addressed the function.
Boniface is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Kitui County