Kitui Partners with CMMB to reduce neonatal and maternal mortality rates

Kitui Partners with CMMB to reduce neonatal and maternal mortality rates


On Friday June 18th, 2021- The County Government of Kitui, through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has partnered with the Catholic Medical Mission Board ( CMMB) in efforts to reduce neonatal and maternal mortality rates and to improve the health status of Kitui people.

Speaking during the official launch of CMMB projects in Kitui South’s Ikutha Hospital, Health and Sanitation CECM Dr. Winnie Kitetu said the county Government has trained health care workers and equipped them with knowledge and skills on early essential new born care as one of the strategies in reducing new born moterlity and morbility.

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“A new born’s health directly relates to that of it’s mother’s, in that case we are committed to seeing a more rapid decline in neonatal and maternal mortality rates” she said.

With Kitui’s mortality rate for children under 5 years standing at 57/1000 live births, and 47/1000 neonatal rates Dr. Kitetu affirmed the County Government’s commitment in *ensuring continuous quality improvement of health services delivery across the county

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The Catholic Medical Missions Board ( CMMB) projects manager Mr. Jesse Kihuha expressed his gratitude for the partnership saying children are future investments whose lives should not be taken for granted.

” We are really happy for this noble partnership towards saving the lives of our children” he said

Among the CMMB projects handed over to the county Government of Kitui include, the new born unit, the maternal shelter and a drug store all in Ikutha Sub County Hospital, a maternity ward in Kamutei Health centre and a sand dam at Kanziku that will be supplying water to Kanziku Health centre

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The CECM was accompanied by Chief Officer Dr.Allan Owino.

Photo by Liz Muthoka
Kitui Governor’s press