Kisumu, GE in deal to boost health ser­vices

Business Daily (Kenya) - - MARKET PLACE - James Kar­iuki jkar­iuki@ke.na­tio­me­dia.com

De­liv­ery of health ser­vices in Kisumu is ex­pected to im­prove af­ter the county gov­ern­ment part­nered with US med­i­cal equip­ment maker GE to train med­i­cal work­ers on use of pre-natal screen­ing de­vices.

GE and the county gov­ern­ment fa­cil­i­tated the train­ing of 12 nurses and clin­i­cal of­fi­cers from six sub-county heath­care fa­cil­i­ties on us­ing GE’S portable hand-held ul­tra­sound de­vice that es­ti­mates ges­ta­tional age for bet­ter plan­ning and man­age­ment of preg­nan­cies.

The equip­ment will help med­i­cal care givers re­spond ac­cord­ingly once com­pli­ca­tions are de­tected thereby sav­ing an ex­pec­tant mother’s and the un­born in­fant’s life.

GE Africa Vice Pres­i­dent and GE Health­care Head Farid Fe­zoua said the firm looked for­ward to con­tribut­ing to im­proved ma­ter­nal, new­born and child health across Africa. “We are firmly com­mit­ted to serv­ing as a part­ner in the de­vel­op­ment of health­care in Kenya and pleased to col­lab­o­rate with the Kisumu County gov­ern­ment be­cause we be­lieve strength­en­ing pri­mary health­care is an es­sen­tial step in sup­port­ing gov­ern­ments in the at­tain­ment of uni­ver­sal health cov­er­age,” he said.

Kisumu Health and San­i­ta­tion County Ex­ec­u­tive Dr Rose­mary Obara said the part­ner­ship would strengthen the health pro­vi­sion

The county gov­ern­ment an­tic­i­pates to reach about 7,000 women with ul­tra­sound screen­ing dur­ing their cur­rent preg­nancy in the next nine months

chain right from the vil­lage to the re­fer­ral fa­cil­i­ties.

The duo spoke at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teach­ing and Re­fer­ral Hos­pi­tal when the Ge-trained health work­ers suc­cess­fully com­pleted 70 hour train­ing on us­ing the GE ul­tra-sound de­vice and were dis­patched back to their sta­tions.

The Ge-kisumu pro­ject fol­lows Kisumu Gover­nor Prof Anyang’ Ny­ong’o’s move al­lo­cat­ing 30 per cent of the county’s bud­get to­wards improvement of health­care at all hos­pi­tals and health cen­tres where em­pha­sis will be “a pre­ven­tive and par­tic­i­pa­tive mech­a­nism right to the vil­lage level”.

The county gov­ern­ment an­tic­i­pates to reach about 7,000 women with ul­tra­sound screen­ing dur­ing their cur­rent preg­nancy in the next nine months. Seven­teen sim­i­lar pro­grammes dubbed ‘Com­mu­nity To The Hos­pi­tal’ are un­der im­ple­men­ta­tion in seven coun­tries has since ben­e­fited 100,000 ex­pec­tant women with 1,100 com­mu­nity health work­ers, mid­wives, nurses, and clin­i­cal of­fi­cers trained.

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Ma­ter­nity and Baby Unit at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teach­ing and Re­fer­ral Hos­pi­tal .

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