County to pilot Mama Hub application in Bondeni, Annex and Bahati Health facilities

County Government of Nakuru is set to pilot the Mama Hub application in Bondeni, Annex and Bahati Health facilities to help digitize the maternal health information through the digitization of Antenatal care (ANC) booklet for mothers using the facilities.

This will help in ensuring timely interventions from the community level during the pregnancy journey since the Community Health Volunteers (CHV) can refer the mothers to the health facilities near them to enable them get necessary services.

Nakuru County under the leadership of H.E Governor Susan Kihika is keen on the use of innovation and technology in service delivery in all the health facilities across the county.

This technology will be a significant referral tool which will help in reducing maternal mortality in the county.

This was highlighted during the Mama’s Hub user acceptance testing workshop led by Director Administration and Planning, Dr Joy Mugambi.

The application was developed by a consortium of partners including Kabarak, Strathmore Universities, Technical University of Mombasa, IntelliSoft Consulting and e-Med Solutions.

Private Laboratories put on notice over inconsistent COVID-19 results

Private Laboratories licensed to conduct COVID-19 tests risk closure over inconsistent results.


Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Thursday directed the Medical Board to conduct investigations into the testing operations at Lancet Laboratories.


According to Kagwe,the move was occasioned by numerous complaints from a section of Kenyans who had their results overturned from positive to negative


Assuring Kenyans of state action, Kagwe said that any facility found culpable of doctoring COVID-19 results will have their licenses revoked.


Speaking at the Nakuru Level Five Referral Hospital, the CS urged Kenyans to be cautious on where to send their samples for COVID-19 testing.


“I want to urge Kenyans to be careful where they take their samples for testing.As government we shall take action on any facility doctoring COVID-19 results” he said.


His remarks follow a re-test done on 17 teaching staff of St.Andrew’s Turi who had tested positive.


However, when the samples were taken to Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the results came back as negative.


Lancet being the biggest Kenya’s biggest pathologist facility has been in row of discordant COVID-19 tests.


Some patients who tested positive at Lancet have been issued negative results by KEMRI.


On Wednesday Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui called for transparency of COVID-19 tests being conducted by private institutions as inconsistent data can prove fatal.


Kinyanjui said the process must be conducted with integrity and utmost honesty to avoid spreading anxiety with contradicting results.


Medical drugs worth Sh 204 Million flagged off

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui on Tuesday flagged off medical drugs worth 204 million shillings to be delivered to the health facilities across the County.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui during the flagging off of the consignment.PHOTO/NGPU.

Speaking at the county headquarter, Kinyanjui said the provision of the drugs procured from Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) will see all the facilities stocked with drugs hence improve service to the people.

While reiterating that one of his agenda was to ensure better healthcare system, Kinyanjui was categorical that his administration will continue to ensure quality services to the residents.

“We are doing this to ensure we have a better healthcare system and that our people are healthy for development to be realized” Said Kinyanjui.

The consignment contains medical drug supplies for all the hospitals, Health Centers and Dispensaries spread out across the county.

Nakuru County CECM for Health Dr.Gichuki Kariuki on his assuring residents that the drugs were ordered as per the need of every facility.

Dr.Gichuki called on public to understand that not all drugs can be found in a hospital of a dispensary but that they are supplied according to the need and the staff who can administer the same.

“The order is as per the facility requirement. We encourage our people to have preventive drugs before seeking medication. Health services are provided as per the levels of facilities hence some drugs can only be found in some facilities and not in others” said Dr.Gichuki.

Legacy Hotel boosts county efforts on healthcare workers’ welfare

Nakuru’s Legacy Hotel has supplemented the county government’s  efforts in appreciating the healthcare workers at Nakuru Level 5 Hospital  COVID-19 isolation centre by providing breakfast.

The county government has been providing the healthcare workers with breakfast,lunch and supper for those on duty as they cannot move out of the facility anyhow.

But now Legacy Hotel has stepped in to boost the efforts.

Accordingto the hotel’s operations manager Kevin Thananga,healthcare workers are doing great work and should be appreciated.

“The gesture is meant to make healthcare workers feel appreciated by the members  of the public” he said.

On his part Nakuru’s level 5 Deputy Chief Nurse Benjamin Mwaura commended the hotel for the gesture.

According to Mwaura, healthcare workers do alot of work that a times is stressful but with such gestures then it keeps them going.

“When public and corporates do such it shows that they have confidence and appreciate the work we do and that keeps us going” he said.

He called on other corporates and individuals to emulate the same.

The medical officer also commending the county government for ensuring quality equipment for healthcare workers at the isolation centre.


66 contact cases test negative for COVID-19 in Nakuru

The statement from Nakuru County Health CECM.PHOTO/NGPU

All the 66 persons who were in contact with two patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have tested negative.

This is according to Nakuru County CECM for health Dr.Gichuki Kariuki.

In a statement to newsrooms on Friday,Dr.Kariuki was categorical that all the 66 have tested negative and will be released from quarantine.

He added that test results for one person who was at the Naivasha isolation facility is also negative.

Meanwhile,the CECM revealing that 2 patients in isolation centre at PGH are in stable condition.

He however called on residents in areas frequented by long-distance truck drivers to be more vigilant and observe prevention guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.

He says, “this is due to the fact that there has been confirmed COVID-19 cases among long distance drivers in another county and a neighboring country”.

This even as he assured that the department of health will continue screening of long distance truck drivers in Mai Mahiu,Kikopey,Salgaa and total areas.


No case of COVID-19 in Nakuru, confirms health CECM

Nakuru Health CECM Dr.Gichuki Kariuki.PHOTO/NGPU.

The county Government of Nakuru has once again assured residents that there is no any single confirmed positive case of corona virus in Nakuru.

Addressing media on Saturday, Nakuru County CEC member for Health Doctor Gichuki Kariuki stated that all the three suspected cases that were at Nakuru Level 5 facility have all been tested negative.

He added that already they have been discharged from the facility.

“We want to confirm to the public that the test results of the remaining suspected cases at our isolation ward have turned negative and we have discharged them meaning there is no single positive case of corona virus in Nakuru” said Dr.Gichuki.

He once again called on members of the public to continue observing all the directives issued by the government.

The CEC commending members of the public for the continued support to the Ministry through the emergency numbers issued where they can report.

The CECM’s sentiments coming a time when the Kenya’s Ambassador to China Sarah Serem has conveyed a message of hope and encouragement to her compatriots as country held a national prayer day to seek divine intervention with the Ministry of Health having confirmed seven cases of corona virus so far.

In a video statement posted online, the envoy said Kenyans residing in China are safe and in good health.

“We have come a long way here in China, we are glad to announce that none of our citizens was infected by the deadly virus. We are grateful to the Almighty God for bringing us this far.”

“Fellow Kenyans, it is possible to subdue this deadly virus; China is almost there and I am confident that we can and we will overcome,” she said on Saturday.

Serem said the situation in China had totally changed after the government implemented stringent prevention measures aimed at realizing goals to stabilize and turn around the state of affairs.

China on Thursday marked a major milestone in its battle against the corona virus pandemic as it recorded zero domestic infections for the first time since the outbreak emerged late December, but a spike in imported cases threatened its progress.

The global pandemic had as at Saturday claimed 11,056 lives with African reporting the second death.

There are 900 cases in Africa.






County partners with KenAgro Suppliers Limited to address bedbugs menace in Matatus

Following public outcry over bedbugs menace in PSV Matatus, the county government Public health department has moved in with speed to address the menace.

The department is partnering with KenAgro Suppliers Limited to ensure all PSV Matatus in Nakuru are fumigated (sprayed) to keep of the bedbugs.

Addressing media on Thursday during the exercise at Nakuru bus terminus, Moses Obiero form the department said the move was prompted by the fact that the bedbugs are now breeding in the PSV Matatus and spread with passengers acting as carriers.

Already the county has been doing the exercise in various estates but now the officer say they have decided to also focus on the PSV vehicles where bedbugs are likely to breed.

He called on PSV matatu drivers in Nakuru to embrace the exercise adding that it will go long way in addressing the menace of bedbugs in Matatus.

“We have been doing this in various homes in some of our estates such as Kivumbini, Kaptembwa and Rhonda but Bedbugs now becoming a menace even in the PSV vehicles and that is why we are now working to ensure that we spray the vehicles to control the same” said Obiero.

According to Peterson Wanjohi-an expert with KenAgro suppliers limited, besides fumigating the Matatus, there are also focusing on creating awareness among the drivers on how to control the bedbugs in PSV vehicles.
Wanjohi says the bedbugs can survive in vehicle seats’ cushions for 2 months and within that period they shall have breed over eggs ranging from 400 to 500.

He added that the chemical being used to fumigate the PSV vehicles has been recommended by World Health Organization and has no effect on the passengers.

However, he notes that once the vehicle has been fumigated, it has to wait for 20 minutes before passengers can board.

“Besides fumigating the vehicles we are also sensitizing the drivers on how to control the bedbugs” said Wanjohi.

The drivers welcoming the move saying it will help ensure that passengers have comfort while travelling.

Led by John Warurwa, the drivers decried the menace saying some of them have carried the bedbugs form their vehicles to their homes making life uncomfortable.

They are however grateful to KenAgro and the County government of Nakuru for stepping in to address the menace in PSVs.

The drivers also calling on other counties to emulate the same and ensure all PSVs are fumigated.

“We are grateful to the County government for partnering with KenAgro to address this menace of bedbugs in our PSVs” said Warurwa.

County launches health strategic and Investment Plan 2018-2022

The County Government Nakuru has launched the Nakuru Health Sector Strategic and Investment Plan 2018-2019 as a way of improving service delivery.

Speaking on Wednesday during the launch of the document, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said his administration has taken health matters seriously.

The County boss revealing that the county is also focusing on improving infrastructure of various health facilities.He also called on staff in the health department to always maintain professionalism in their service to humanity.

During the ceremony the best staff in health sector in Nakuru County were also recognized and awarded by the county government with Governor Kinyanjui stating that was the only way to motivate them.

“We must learn to appreciate our staff and what they do in our various sectors. As a county we are focused on improving the health sector because it touches directly on the people. I once gain call upon the healthcare personnel to ensure they use the opportunity they have to make a difference in the sector” said Kinyanjui.

Similar sentiments echoed by Deputy Governor Dr.Erick Korir.The DG who is also the acting CECM for infrastructure assuring that his department will work to see to it that all roads that lead to health facilities in Nakuru County are in order.

“As the acting CECM for infrastructure we shall ensure that all roads that lead to health facilities are in good condition so that our people do not suffer while seeking services form the facilities” said Dr.Korir.

During the ceremony, Dr.Dolce Wanda who is in-charge of the Nakuru Level 5 Oncology centre was awarded as the overall best health practitioner in Nakuru County.

Addressing media after the ceremony, Dr.Wanda stated that the award is a clear indicator that the work that is done by the staff in the health sector is recognized.She called on her colleagues to continue serving humanity with much care and love.

“Whatever you do to a patient today is the same thing that will happen to you or to person you love so let us serve humanity professionally and with much care” said Dr.Wanda.

The ceremony was also attended by Nakuru County CEC for Health Dr.Gichuki Kariuki and other stakeholders.

PHOTO/NGPU: Dr. Dolce Wanda(Head of Oncology unit at Nakuru Level 5) receives award from Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui duirng the launch of the Nakuru Health Sector Strategic and Investment Plan 2018-2019.

County on the move to address teenage pregnancies

Nakuru County’s Gender, Culture and Social Services chief officer Ms Abduba Tume has called for concerted effort in ending the teenage pregnancy in the country.

Ms Tume also noted that governments should come up with comprehensive and friendly sex education policy for free access to information.

So far, at least 450 girls have failed to sit for their KCPE and KCSE national exams due to pregnancy while others have sat for their exams in maternity wards.

She was speaking at Bondeni Primary School when she presented food and non-food item donation by the County Government of Nakuru to a group of boys who have undergone a rite of passage.

One hundred and twenty-three boys from Bondeni, Kivumbini, Manyani and other low-income areas in Nakuru East and twenty-nine others from the street community have faced the knife.

Ms Tume noted that the County government has devised new ways of incorporating street children in formal technical education to help them earn a decent living.

“Adolescent girls will undergo an alternative rite of passage and be incorporated into mentorship programs to appreciate that they can succeed despite coming from lowly areas” she said.

Ms Rose Apicha, a community health worker and leader said the move was timely as it would help lid off the youth in drugs and substance abuse.

She decried that a sizeable number of young boys have engaged themselves in crimes such as Confirmed, Gaza and other proscribed gangs.

The Bondeni Community Empowerment Program organizing secretary Ezekiel Gitau commended the County Government of Nakuru and other partners for supporting the move.

According to a recent Kenya Demographic and Health Survey report on teenage pregnancy prevalence, Narok County topped the list with a rate of 40%, Samburu with 26%, Nakuru 18% with Lamu recording a 10%.

PHOTO/NGPU:Nakuru County’s Gender, Culture and Social Services chief officer Ms Abduba Tume speaking at Bondeni Primary School when she presented food and non-food item donation by the County Government of Nakuru to a group of boys who have undergone a rite of passage.

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