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Kakamega launches modern maternity wing to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality

By Isaac Mutiso and Aggrey Barasa, Kakamega

The county government of Kakamega has inked a partnership deal to enhance the delivery wards for expectant mothers as part of the Tutunze Kakamega Service Delivery Redesign strategy.

The move is to help reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in the county.

Through the support of like-minded players in the health sector, maternity wards in various hospitals in the county have been refurbished, with the latest being Lumakanda Level IV Hospital in Lugari constituency.

The maternity wing is the second facility in the first phase of the service delivery Redesign that will focus on improving the distribution of financing, staff, equipment, beds and medicines to ensure that women receive ‘right place, high quality care’ and mothers deliver in or as close as possible to well-functioning Level (IV) hospitals.

“The county received a total of Sh223.278 million, Phase one of Tutunze Kakamega programme, out of which 40 per cent of the monies has come to Lugari Sub-county,” said Governor Barasa

The refurbished maternity wing has increased bed capacity by 50 per cent and patient’s privacy by 80 per cent.

Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa who commissioned the refurbished facility said ‘we want to ensure that every person and particularly mothers who need medical attention access health care as soon as they require it’

Governor Barasa noted that currently, 30-45 per cent of mothers who go to health facilities to be assisted in delivery, approach facilities that cannot serve them effectively.

    Jacaranda Health country director Job Makoyo – Photo/Isaac Mutiso/county splash

“The county received a total of Sh223.278 million, Phase one of Tutunze Kakamega programme, out of which 40 per cent of the monies has come to Lugari Sub-county,” said Governor Barasa

He added: ““My intention and that of our partners is to radically redesign how we offer health services so as to ensure that expectant mothers and other members of our community access health information and facilities with competent medical personnel and appropriate equipment as quickly as possible,”

Governor Barasa said that Jacaranda Health in collaboration with Thinkwell are supporting health financing activities ‘in this hospital’ (Lugari) to ensure that Service Delivery Redesign (SDR) provides a pathway for sustainability, through revenue generation and cost-efficient activities.

Lugari sub-county is the second out of the three sub-counties in Kakamega where the programme was launched. The other two sub-counties are Malava which we launched in March 2023 and Butere coming up sometime later in the year.

Jacaranda Health country director Job Makoyo said they are collaborating with selected counties to expand and equip maternity and newborn units to create spaces that promote the provision of quality care.

Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa commissioning the new maternity wing at Lumakanda sub county hospital – Photo/Isaac Mutiso/county splash

Dr Makoyo said ‘Just like in Malava, our gathering today is a culmination of the great work that the Kakamega County government continues to do in collaboration with our partners towards realizing the Universal Health Coverage agenda’

“As most of us might be aware, successful governments are those that prioritize the health of her citizens. The county has fully embraced the true essence of “Tutunze Kakamega” by taking care of our mothers and making sure “wamama wetu” get access to quality maternal health services in the county.”

Tutunze Kakamega is a programme sponsored by Kakamega county with the assistance from our partners who include Jacaranda Health; Thinkwell; Thinkplace; Rescue.co; Harvard University; and, 4 Buildx Studio (A consortium funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).

The project’s core objective is to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in Kakamega County from 316/100,000 and 19/1000 live births respectively to progressively meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets of 70/100000 and 12/1000 in 5 years.

In the next 15 months, will have initiated similar reforms in Matungu, Likuyani and Navakholo sub-counties.

They include, the expanding and equipping maternity/newborn units, improving urgent and emergency referral systems, ensuring all women are supported by sufficient and skilled providers and enhancing health financing arrangements for quality health care services.

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