Governor’s wife launches maternal health programme

Bungoma governor’s wife, Caroline Wangamati in partnership with the county department of health services, NHIF and a non-governmental organization have launched a maternal health programme for women in the region.

Speaking to the press at Kabula pastoral center, Mrs.Wangamati said the initiative dubbed ‘Linda Mama’ is to ensure that all women in Bungoma deliver in health facilities.

She said that this would ensure reduction in the number of deaths amongst expectant mothers due to delivery related complications.

If we can afford to convince our mothers to deliver in the hospitals, then we will be sure of fewer deaths due to excessive hemorrhage during delivery, since nurses and doctors in health facilities will manage complications that may pose a risk to their lives during delivery, she said.

Wangamati urged residents to donate more blood noting the county is in need of more than 600 pints of blood to deal with the deficiency in its health facilities.

She called upon medical practitioners to be extra careful with their work to avoid scenarios where medical equipment are left accidentally in the bodies of patients after surgeries.

Meanwhile, Boniface Mbuthia from Mani project, the NGO dealing with maternal health care said that in the year 2016, Bungoma county health centres conducted 39,000 successful deliveries compared to last year’s 37,000 births.

Mbuthia said this shows that despite the various challenges facing our hospitals, clinics and dispensaries, the local residents still have a trust in mothers delivering at heath centres, adding that Bungoma county deliveries assisted by skilled birth attendants increased from 41% in 2014 to 63% in 2017 across all the sub-counties.

He noted that the rate of still births reduced from 28 to 16 deaths per 1,000 births conducted across all the nine sub-counties of Bungoma County.

He said he is convinced that with the laid down strategies put in place by the Bungoma county department of health, office of the governor’s wife and Mani project, successful deliveries will increase to 98 % come January.

Mani project is currently strengthening health systems especially in maternal health in Bungoma ,Kakamega, Turkana, Garissa, Nairobi and Homabay counties and it has plans to extend their services in all the other remaining counties .

Source: Kenya News Agency