Global Fund through the Kenya Red Cross Society has made an intervention to lessen high maternal and infant mortality rate in Marsabit County.
The fund donated medical equipment worth Sh 40 million to the Marsabit county government in a bid to equip the 82 public health facilities in the county
Presenting the assorted equipment to local governor Ukur Yatani today, Kenya Red Cross Governor, Said Mohamud, said the donors are convinced that the medical kits will go a long way in checking the death of mothers and babies during delivery.
Mohamud noted that Marsabit County ranks number four in the country in mortality rate required the intervention by all stakeholders in the health sector in order to alleviate suffering among the residents.
He was optimistic that the equipment which Kenya Red Cross facilitated its transportation to the benefiting health facilities will be put into the intended use so as to save lives of mothers and that of new borns.
“We as Red Cross feel obliged to deliver this medical equipment because medics will now be able to render the essential service professionally and efficiently within the reach of patients,” said Muhamud.
The equipment included labour beds, caesarean section operation sets, and Cancer diagnosis and treatment kits, new born resuscitation kits.
In his remarks at the Marsabit district hospital, Governor Yatani said his administration was carrying out expansion of health facilities and building new ones to be able to serve the residents adequately adding that the donation would help in equipping labour wards that have been done.
He also hinted at talks with Red Cross for partnership in the provision of ambulance services which he said was proving a challenge to his government due to high operation costs.
The governor pointed out that despite his government having bought ambulances, maintenance has turned to be out of the devolved unit’s scope due to lack of resources and would therefore appreciate input from the society.
He thanked Red Cross for continued support in various sectors such as water and sanitation and mitigation against disasters including the current drought ravaging the county where the society is giving grants of Sh 3,000 to 900 households suffering from malnutrition.
Yatani appealed for more relief assistance from the society saying the famine situation was becoming worse by the day while the influx of herders with the livestock from Ethiopia and neighbouring counties of Mandera and Wajir has overstretched his government’s capability to deal with the situation.
“We need more clinical officers and doctors to handle the number patients that have almost tripled due to influx as well as food to feed the high numbers,” he said.
According to the county director of health, Dr Adan Kochi, delivery was not being undertaken in public health facilities due to lack of necessary medical equipment.
Dr Kochi said the county experiences high mortality rates because expectant mothers have not been receiving skilled services but expressed hope that the situation would now change for the better.
“I am hopeful that we will be able to offer the highest quality health care services now that our facilities are equipped with the necessary medical kits and apparatus,” he noted.