County to roll out universal health care programme

Kakamega County Government is negotiating with the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) in a bid to roll out a universal health care scheme for the residents.

Governor Wycliffe Oparanya says the first phase will see 400,000 households benefit from the planned scheme.

In the year 2014 the County partnered with the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom in a five-year health care support programme.

The programme aimed at reducing the maternal and infant deaths and so far 45,500 mothers have benefitted.

The Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS, 2009) indicated that there was a significant drop of maternal mortality from 880 per 100,000 live births and infant mortality of 65 per 1,000 live births to a maternal mortality of 316 per 100,000 live births in 2014/2015 and 40 infant mortality per 1,000 live births respectively, said the County head.

The DFID delegation led by Reproductive Health Advisor, Milkah Choge on Monday paid a courtesy call on the Governor on Monday and said they would review the sponsorship to include setting up additional Comprehensive Obstetric Care Centers (COCC) from four to eight.

The COCC services are currently available at Lumakanda, Malava, Butere and the County Referral Hospitals.

These increased facilities will boost the government’s efforts to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the county as surgical services shall be easily accessible.

Oparanya noted that his government intends to set up a modern COCC in each of the 12 Sub-Counties.

Source: Kenya News Agency