KIAMBU, Kenya, Oct 4 – Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has challenged Governors to emulate Kiambu County in its efforts of ensuring devolution of healthcare works and benefits the locals.
Macharia who spoke during the official opening of the Githurai-Langata Health centre, a facility put up by the county with the help of Philips East Africa lauded governor William Kabogo for the initiative saying the standards matched those of referral hospitals urging other governors to replicate the model.
“We have the most consistent support in the health sector and Kiambu is setting the pace. This is a model that needs to be reciprocated across the country. We have people spending millions on learning trips about what can be done in the health sector, yet we have such a huge innovative project in Kiambu, “Macharia stated.
The Secretary endorsed the health center saying the national government would support the counties in automating all the health centers in the country.
“We are working with Micro Clinics Technologies to create a platform which will help network all the health facilities in the county. The pilot project is working in the Gatundu District Hospital and is meant to be spread out in the entire nation,” he said.
While thanking Philips for providing Solar power, medical equipment and laboratory equipment especially in the ante natal care unit, Kiambu Governor William Kabogo noted the transformation the initiative would bring to the county especially in reducing mortality rates.
“Kiambu County has a mortality rate of 40 per 1000 live births while the maternal mortality rate is 230 per 100,000 deliveries. This is much lower than the national average but we can do better to ensure that all preventable deaths are avoided. The facility brings health services closer home and so it is expected to do better,” an elated Kabogo said.
He added that that since the inception of the project in June this year, the facility had delivered 70 live babies and had only made two referrals to Ruiru District Hospital.
He further intimated that his eyes were now set on building a maternity theater at the center which offers comprehensive primary health care including maternity and new-born health care.