Kisumu records positive gains in preventing maternal deaths

Kisumu County has made significant progress in reducing high prevalence of maternal deaths amid reports that listed the County alongside 14 others with the highest burden of maternal deaths in Kenya.

Governor Jack Ranguma has disclosed that the County has in the past three years recorded a 15 per cent improvement on maternal mortality ratio that is estimated to stand at 597 per 1000 live births yearly for the County.

He attributed the progress made in reversing the adverse health indicators on the County’s commitment in working with stakeholders and implementing partners in a bid to realize a healthy and prosperous population.

The Governor was speaking when he commissioned a Shs. 8.4 million maternity unit constructed by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at Ramula dispensary in Muhoroni Sub County on Thursday.

“As the Chairman of the Council of Governors’ Health Committee, it has been my dream to propel Kisumu County to a centre of excellence in health service delivery”, said Governor Ranguma

In this regard, Governor Ranguma noted that his government has embarked on a policy intended to upgrade all dispensaries within the county into Health Centers.

The governor pointed out that the move would go along away in ensuring that all pregnant women have access to antenatal care and safe delivery services thus help to further stem the negative maternal mortality in the County.

He further hailed the County’s health department for their effort in promoting skilled birth attendance as part of the measures to prevent the death o children at birth in Kisumu County.

“Indeed, am happy to note that skilled attendance at birth in Kisumu has improved from 60 per cent in 2013 to 71 per cent by end of 2015,” observed the Governor.

Governor Ranguma also noted that his government has adopted the current national strategies on elimination of child to mother transmission to further reduce the maternal mortality occurrence.

By Milton Onyango