Garissa earned the award for best health prac­tices – Jama

The county has im­proved ac­cess to med­i­cal care, re­duced ma­ter­nal deaths, in­creased num­ber of de­liv­er­ies in fa­cil­i­ties, given in­cen­tives to health work­ers and used tech­nol­ogy

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

The Health min­istry’s as­sess­ment of Garissa med­i­cal care is apt as the county lead­er­ship has ini­ti­ated projects to make the coun­try the best in health­care, Garissa Gov­er­nor Nathif Jama has said.

On Mon­day last week, the min­istry rated Garissa as the over­all best per­form­ing county with the most en­hanced ser­vice de­liv­ery prac­tices.

Jama re­ceived the award on Thurs­day last week in Nairobi. It was given by Health CS Cleopa Mailu.

Garissa beat 46 coun­ties, para- statals and de­part­ments to scoop the ‘best prac­tices’ awards for in­creas­ing the num­ber of de­liv­er­ies within health fa­cil­i­ties and re­duc­ing ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity rates through in­no­va­tive mea­sures.

The as­sess­ment was done with sup­port from the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency.

It states that Garissa county has in­creased ac­cess to health ser­vices through ma­ter­nal shel­ters, MAMA kits, in­cen­tives for tra­di­tional birth at­ten­dants and com­mu­nity health ex­ten­sion work­ers, and the use of What­sApp mes­sag­ing to con­nect health fa­cil­i­ties.

Jama said the county has an ini­tia­tive to im­prove ma­ter­nal health and sup­port safer in­ter­ven­tions to re­duce ma­ter­nal deaths.

He spoke at County High School, where he had gone to in­spect on­go­ing re­pairs of a wa­ter sup­ply sys­tem in Waberi ward.

The gov­er­nor said Garissa will en­sure that ma­ter­nal deaths are com­pletely re­duced.

Ev­ery mother has a right to give birth at a well-equipped health fa­cil­ity un­der the watch of ad­e­quately trained med­i­cal per­son­nel, he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Coun­cil for Pop­u­la­tion and De­vel­op­ment, one out of ev­ery three ma­ter­nal deaths oc­curs in areas af­fected by hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis or in volatile con­di­tions, such as in North­east­ern.

/ STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Garissa Gov­er­nor Nathif Jama re­cieves a cer­tifi­cate and awards from Health CS Cleopa Mailu at a Nairobi ho­tel on Thurs­day last week

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