The Kitui CEC incharge of Health and Sanitation today presided over the Beyond Zero Health Awards Kitui chapter in a brief ceremony held at the County Health Management Team offices today.
Speaking while addressing the finalists selected from various health facilities across the county, Kitetu congratulated the finalists for their outstanding achievements in delivering primary healthcare to Kitui residents across the county, despite challenges they face.
Kitetu further thanked the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta for this initiative which strives to ensure that all Kenyan mothers deliver safely, their children are born health and remain healthy and are HIV free.
“May I thank the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta for the Beyond Zero initiative, which aims at reducing the maternal and child health. The initiative is to enhance on the maternal and the child health and delivery so that they (mother and child) survive thus reduce on the neonatal death across the country,” she said.
Kitetu reiterated that, the Beyond Zero ideology is also in line with governor Charity Ngilu’s pillar on health especially on maternal and new born health. Governor Ngilu also believes that no mother should die, while giving birth and no child should die when already has come to life.
Therefore, as country and county we need to thank these two ladies for their undisputable support towards maternal and new born health.
The CEC added that the ministry has recorded a significant reduction of Neonatal deaths from 47 percent to 29 percent across all health facilities in the county, consequently increasing skilled birth attendance from 38.6per 1000 to 72.3per 1000 in the entire Kitui county.
“The enhanced service delivery towards maternal and new born health has been prompted by the trainings undertaken by our nurses, equipping of the New Born Unit (NBU) and maternity wing and also having theatres across the county for expectant mothers are unable to deliver normal,” Said Kitetu.
The Beyond Zero Health Awards Finalists, Kitui Chapter had 13 finalists selected from various health facilities across the county.
The finalists were selected under 2 categories, Nurse Practitioner Award and Nurse Led Initiative.The Nurse Practitioner Award was open to nurses working in Level 2 dispensaries or Level 3 health centers while Nurse Led Initiative was open to nurses working in Level 4 and 5 facilities.
Kitui county scoped five Nurse Led Initiative and eight Nurse Practitioners Award.
The awards were presented to the ministry by the Beyond Zero Secretariat led by Beatrice Koki.
The ceremony was graced by the county director of health Dr Allan Owino, members of CHMT and health workers from Kitui County Referral Hospital.