Expectant women in Nandi County have been urged to ensure that they deliver in hospitals to avoid birth-related complications.
Speaking in Chepsire Dispensary, Kapsimotwa Ward in Tinderet Sub County, the County Executive Committee Member for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech assured that all health facilities in Nandi were well equipped to handle deliveries and any related complications should they arise.
“I urge all women in the county to use the numerous available health facilities during pregnancy and birth,” she said.
The CEC Member was in Chepsire Dispensary to receive Twinings Head of Social Impact and Sustainability Celine Gilart.
Gilart was visiting the facility to check on the work done and engage the local residents and key stakeholders in health and see what’s needed for the facility to provide expanded healthcare services to the community.
Twinings together with the County Government of Nandi, Sireet OEP, Eastern Produce Kenya (EPK) Afya Research Africa, Chepkiwen Women Group, and Chepsire community supported the renovation and equipping of the facility to bring services closer to the people and improve the well-being of Chepsire community.
Such Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) provide a good opportunity to facilitate access to health care services, especially in remote areas.
Although research indicates that women in Kenya have increased access to facility-based birth in recent years, a small percentage still give birth outside of the health facility due to access challenges and poor maternal health service quality.
Kenya continues to have a high maternal mortality rate that is showing slow progress in improving.
Peri-urban settings in Kenya have been reported to exhibit higher rates of maternal death during labor and childbirth as compared to the general Kenyan population.