Do not carry basin, cot­ton wool when go­ing to de­liver, mums urged

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministry -

Most ex­pec­tant women put a lot of thought into what to carry to hos­pi­tal when they go to de­liver. But Med­i­cal Ser­vices di­rec­tor Jack­son Kioko (pictured) says they should no longer carry basins, med­i­cal gloves and cot­ton wool. He says health fa­cil­i­ties must stock th­ese items in ad­vance and stop bur­den­ing moth­ers-to-be. “The funds we trans­fer to hos­pi­tals un­der the free ma­ter­nity pro­gramme should be enough and no woman should go to hos­pi­tal car­ry­ing gloves, cot­ton wool or ra­zor blades,” he said. The gov­ern­ment has sent Sh898 mil­lion to all pub­lic health fa­cil­i­ties to cover de­liv­er­ies for three months. The funds cover all the ex­penses any health fa­cil­ity in­curs to pro­vide nat­u­ral births and Cae­sar­ian sec­tions. “They cover ev­ery­thing a preg­nant woman needs,” Kioko said at the State House Health Sum­mit on Tues­day. The Free Ma­ter­nity Care Pro­gramme was launched in 2013 as a con­di­tional grant, mean­ing hos­pi­tals would get re­im­bursed af­ter con­duct­ing de­liv­er­ies. Ev­ery hos­pi­tal is paid Sh5,000 for ev­ery nat­u­ral de­liv­ery while health cen­tres re­ceive Sh2,500. Be­fore the pro­gramme started, women would carry nearly all the med­i­cal es­sen­tials. They would also be forced to buy drugs and in­jec­tion nee­dles. Health PS Ni­cholas Muraguri says the pro­gramme has in­creased ac­cess to skilled de­liv­ery. “This pro­gramme was launched by the Pres­i­dent three years ago and has sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced ma­ter­nal-child deaths,” he said.

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