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GOVERNOR MUTULA KILONZO JR. UNVEILS UPGRADED KASIKEU MODEL HEALTH CENTER TO BOOST LOCAL HEALTHCARE.

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr. Unveils Upgraded Kasikeu Model Health Center to Boost Local Healthcare

In a significant stride towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3, which aims to ensure health and well-being for all, Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr. inspected the newly renovated Kasikeu Model Health Centre and a construction of a waiting bay within the facility in Kilome on Thursday.

The Kasikeu Model Health Center, now enhanced to better serve its community, caters to an average catchment population of 8,000 residents and handles a monthly patient workload of approximately 1,400. This renovation is expected to significantly improve healthcare delivery in the area.

Accompanied by Deputy Governor Lucy Mulili and other government officials, Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr. is in Kilome Sub-county to oversee and inaugurate a series of development programs aimed at bolstering local infrastructure and services.

GOVERNOR MUTULA KILONZO JR. COMMISSIONS ADVANCED COMPUTERIZED X-RAY PROCESSORS TO REVOLUTIONIZE HEALTHCARE IN SULTAN HAMUD AND FOUR OTHER AREAS

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr. Commissions Advanced Computerized X-Ray Processors to Revolutionize Healthcare in Sultan Hamud and four other Areas

Residents of Sultan Hamud, Kilungu, Kibwezi, Mbooni, and Tawa will no longer need to travel long distances for X-ray services. This is after governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr commissioned computerized X-ray processors, that significantly enhance the efficiency and accuracy of radiographic examinations.

These advanced digital systems replace traditional film-based X-ray methods, offering numerous advantages such as improved image quality, faster processing times, and overall operational efficiency. This upgrade not only enhances diagnostic accuracy but also improves workflow, reduces costs, minimizes hazardous waste, and promotes environmental sustainability.

Governor Mutula highlighted the benefits of these high-tech X-ray systems, noting that they will contribute to better diagnostic accuracy, streamlined medical workflows, and significant cost savings.

GOVERNOR MUTULA KILONZO JR PLEDGES SUPPORT TO CLINICAL OFFICERS, PROMISES ACTION ON MOU

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr has pledged his support to the Kenya National Union of Clinical Officers, Eastern Region, assuring them that he will present their memorandum of understanding to the Council of Governors (COG) for prompt action.

Addressing the clinical officers who have been staging demonstrations across the country, Governor Mutula affirmed his commitment to addressing their concerns. As the chair of the COG’s Legal, Constitutional Affairs & Intergovernmental Relations Committee, he vowed to ensure that their issues are brought to the council’s attention and resolved.

According to the KUCO national chair , Peterson Wachira, the national government signed an agreement with the union in 2021 to increase their risk allowances from KSH 3,000 to KSH 15,000.

However, the Council of Governors’ is yet to sign the deal.

Mr. Wachira also criticized the council for failing to honor a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for salary increments, which has been under negotiation since 2019.

He also highlighted the unfair handling of the staff recruited by the National ministry of health under the UHC program across the country who require absorption to permanent and pensionable terms.Other issues include delayed promotions, poor working conditions and widespread staff shortage

In response, Governor Mutula promised to facilitate the promotion of officers working in Makueni who are due for advancement to the next job groups. He highlighted that the county has developed a staff establishment plan aimed at resolving promotion issues, ensuring that deserving clinical officers receive their due advancements.

Acknowledging that Makueni had addressed the county specific issues that led to the 64 day national strike, Governor Mutula committed to reach out to all stakeholders to address the raised nationwide grievancies.

Governor Mutula’s commitment underscores the importance of addressing the concerns of healthcare workers and ensuring that their welfare is prioritized for better service delivery in the region.

GOVERNOR MUTULA HOSTS CDC, CIHEB-KENYA DELEGATIONS TO REVIEW UZINDUZI PROJECT PROGRESS

On Monday, Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr welcomed a high-powered delegation from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Center for International Health, Education, and Biosecurity-Kenya (CIHEB-Kenya) to Makueni for a review of the Uzinduzi project’s progress for the half year of this financial year.

The Uzinduzi project, funded by the CDC and the Makueni County Government, provides HIV delivery services in Mbooni sub-county. This financial year, the project received an allocation of Ksh.22,085,700 and is set to receive Ksh 26,198,640 in the coming financial year. Additionally, the Department of Health Services has allocated KSH 3 million for the next financial year.

The collaboration between the US CDC and Makueni County is pivotal in the fight to eliminate HIV by 2027.

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr emphasized the county’s commitment to enhancing HIV awareness campaigns, stressing that no one should suffer from HIV when universally accessible medications are available to suppress the viral load or prevent infection.

The discussions also covered plans for accountability and sustainability, leveraging primary care networks to improve outcomes, and addressing challenges in human resource transitions, health financing, and grants management.

GOVERNOR MUTULA RECEIVES KSH 15M NEONATAL ICU EQUIPMENT FROM ENI KENYA.

On Friday, Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr received a donation of advanced neonatal Intensive Care Unit equipment valued at Sh15 million from Eni Kenya for the Mother and Child Hospital in Wote.

The donation includes neonatal incubators, baby cots, suction machines, infusion pumps, LED phototherapy units, a drug resuscitation trolley, digital hygrometers, vital sign monitors, and defibrillators, among other essential equipment.

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr emphasized that this milestone is set to significantly impact neonatal care by increasing survival rates and improving referral processes, ultimately reducing infant mortality rates.

Additionally, the governor signed a cooperation agreement with Eni Kenya Managing Director Enrico Tavolini to provide specialized blood storage equipment at the Referral Hospital, facility equipping & refurbishments, improvements in water & sanitation, hygiene accessibility and a grassroots awareness campaign to promote healthy behaviors at the household level.

1,500 PUPILS IN MAKUENI BENEFIT FROM DIGNITY PACKS.

Atleast 1,500 school going children from 15 schools in Makueni have been assured of uninterrupted learnig after receiving dignity packs during the Menstrual Hygiene Day on Tuesday.

The dignity packs targeting mostly teenage girls are meant to ensure no child misses school because of a biological condition. Those in marginalized areas, opharns, Children with chronically ill parents and children with a traumatic past will be given priority.

County First Lady Anita Mutula presided over the event at Kiongwani Primary School. The program is spearheaded by the Department of Health Services in conjuction with that of Gender, Children, Youth and Social Services.

MAKUENI’S TRIUMPH OVER FISTULA

287 women and girls in Makueni are celebrating this year’s International Day to End Fistula with renewed energy and hope after successful corrective surgeries.

Mary Cosmus, who had endured this condition for 48 years, is one such woman. She was born with the condition and had endured a life of ridicule, neglect, and solitude, as no one wanted to associate with her.

The surgeries, conducted at the Mother and Child Hospital in Wote, are part of a joint campaign by the Makueni County Government and Jhpiego to end this preventable condition.

County First Lady Anita Mutula, who led Makueni residents in marking this day, reaffirmed her commitment to raise awareness about fistula and advocate for better reproductive, maternal, and child health to prevent incidences of fistula.

Acting County Executive Committee Member for Health Services Elizabeth Muli said 73 more cases are lined up for surgery while appreciating the tremendous support of partners towards this cause.

SUCCESSFUL SURGERIES BRING RELIEF TO WOMEN SUFFERING FROM FISTULA IN MAKUENI.

Successful Surgeries Bring Relief to Women Suffering from Fistula in Makueni

At least 11 women suffering from fistula-related complications breathed a sigh of relief following successful surgeries yesterday at the Mother and Child Hospital. Additional surgeries are planned for today.

Dr. Doris Mbithi, the fistula surgeon in Makueni, stated that the hospital has admitted 50 women awaiting surgery. So far, they have screened at least 148 women and are encouraging more to come forward for screening.

The county government has partnered with Jhpiego to address and reduce the prevalence of fistula among Makueni residents. The Department of Health is also offering free fistula screenings from May 17, 2024, to May 24, 2024.

Makueni is set to host the National and International Day of Ending Fistula on May 23, 2024.

MAKUENI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES COLLABORATES WITH NHIF TO ENHANCE REVENUE COLLECTION.

[WOTE] May 14,2024

Makueni Department of Health Services Collaborates with NHIF to Enhance Revenue Collection

In a move to enhance own source revenue in Makueni County, the Department of Health Services, led by Ag. CECM Ms. Elizabeth Muli, held a consultative meeting on Tuesday with NHIF Wote Branch, headed by Branch Manager Mr. David Kimanzi.

Key initiatives discussed included:

– Ensuring all hospitals are able to register NHIF patients across 24-hours in all hospitals.

– Collaborating with NHIF to correctly classify all hospitals to their operational levels (Level 4 and Level 5)

– Ensuring timely claims processing through weekly submissions by all facilities.

The Department of Health Services expressed appreciation for NHIF’s support, while NHIF reiterated its commitment to efficient claims processing despite high workloads.