The Kitui County Ministry of Health and Sanitation has opened a new ten reclining bed capacity for a Continuous Kangaroo Mother Care centre at the Kitui County Referral hospital, the COUNTY DIARY has learnt .Speaking, during the opening of the centre County Coordinator for Newborn and Child health Christine Sammy said “we are second largest centre with a 10 reclining bed capacity of Kangaroo mother care in the country, after Pumwani hospital which has a 17 bed capacity”.
The Coordinator added that as a result of this centre more babies will survive because mothers will be able to provide skin to skin warmth to their babies for more than 20hours a day hence enhancing the weight gain of the preterm babies”.
Christine added that the ministry management is in the process of setting upmore Kangaroo mother care centres and Newborn units in all the 14 level 4 hospitals across the county to reduce the number of perinatal and neonatal mortality rate.
Speaking during the opening of the centre,Committee chair of Health and Sanitation in the Kitui County Assembly Hon. Anthony Ndoo said his committee recognizes the role played by the Community Health Volunteers (CHVs).
“The assembly has given the issue of CHVs a priority and very soon the assembly is going to give some amount, so that Chief Officer in the ministry can go ahead and recruit CHVs so that all the areas, all sub counties will have CHVs, because CHVs are the primary partners who can spearhead health in our county to be in a better place” he said.
The chair also thanked Afya Halisi, USAID, Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) and all other partners working with the ministry for their unequivocal support towards better health service delivery in Kitui County.