Category: Health

17 Apr
By: nakurucounty 0 0

Severe Acute Respiratory Illnesses (SARIs) Message to the Communities.

Every year we have germs that circulate in the communities causing fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, tiredness, and sometimes even diarrhea and vomiting.
Sometimes during the year, more of these germs circulate at the same time. That leads to a lot of sickness in the communities. Like now in our country we have many respiratory germs causing illness.
Here in Nakuru we have seen many people with respiratory illness, and many of our young children have got very sick, and some children, unfortunately have died.
We want to talk to you (community members) about those cases of respiratory illness and ask for everybody to help fighting against these illnesses.

How do you prevent this illnesses?

Most people who get chest germs have mild illness and do not need medical care, and will recover in less than two weeks. Those people who have cough and runny nose but are not very sick should avoid contact with other people except to get medical care in case they get worse.

If you or your children are sick;

Visit the nearest Health facility
Make sure you drink fluids and eat and
Take enough rest.

Make sure to give fluids to drink and food to your sick little ones, in small quantities, many times a days
If you are sick or worried about your illness, contact the healthcare worker in your community or go to the nearest healthcare facility.
What are the signs that should make you worried and take you or your child to the hospital near you?

In children;

Fast breathing or difficult breathing
Not drinking enough fluids or not eating
Not waking up or not cheerful, playful, interacting, etc.
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held.
Symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
Hotness of the body.

In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:
Being unable to eat
Has trouble breathing
Has no tears when crying
Child is passing less urine as compared to other days.

In adults;

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen.
Sudden dizziness.
Confusion.
Severe or persistent vomiting.

Symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
What should I do to prevent spreading this disease?
Take everyday actions to stop the spread of these germs like;
Ensure proper ventilation in all dwelling places and in private/ public vehicles/transport.
Observe personal hygiene and clean environment.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from spreading the germs to others.
Cover your nose and mouth with a clean cloth/ handkerchief when coughing or sneezing.
Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Drink and eat in small quantities many times.
Take/give a lot of fluids.
Keep the young children away from smoke.

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04 Apr
By: nakurucounty 0 0

Governor Mbugua Inspects Naivasha Hospital

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 4th April, 2016 – Services offered by the Naivasha Sub-County hospital are improving as a result of medical equipment upgrading and renovation through the Managed Equipment Services (MES) concession between the National and the County Government of Nakuru.

Speaking during an inspection visit to the facility Governor Mbugua said the facility was upgraded because of its high volume of work.

‘This hospital has been upgraded because of its volume of work. It is one of the hospitals, which the County Government of Nakuru in cooperation with the national government agreed to re-equip and renovate, additionally upgrading to almost level 5’, said Governor Mbugua.

Adding that the facility is critical in offering health services in the county and through MES program casualty and trauma center have been built in the facility.

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The Nakuru County Governor noted that equipment such as modern and digital x-ray machines are already in the hospital. Through the use of these machines, all the accidents victims received sufficient diagnostic reports and those transferred to other facilities don’t need another round of tests.

Governor Mbugua added that the technology of the x-ray equipment enables sharing of the x-ray pictures by the medics within the hospital and outside the hospital to enable the delivery of quality treatment.

‘When a patient’s x-ray is taken, the machines are able to send it to doctors directly, the patient is not required to carry an envelope back to the consultation room. Doctors are also to share the picture with other for instance in Eldoret and Kilifi for exchange of opinion’, said the Governor.

He added private hospitals in Nakuru are using these facilities for diagnosis and interpretation of x-rays. Thus, he urged the people of Nakuru to stop spending highly in private hospitals in services that are better offered in public hospitals as a resulting of MES upgrading.

Meanwhile Governor Mbugua added that apart from the inspection exercise of the hospital, the visit was meant to morally support the victims of the two road accidents that occurred along the Nairobi-Naivasha highway over the weekend as well as morn and condole with relatives and friends who lost their loved ones.

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Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and Naivasha MP David Kihagi visiting one of the accident victimsGovernor Kinuthia Mbugua and Naivasha MP David Kihagi visiting one of the accident victims

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On Saturday, a bus ferrying employees of Avarta Flower farm was involved in an accident with a train and two people perished. Governor Mbugua has termed this a great loss. On Sunday a bus heading to western was lost control and rolled several times near Kinungi. Two were killed and over 70 injured.

The Governor also added that Naivasha sub-county hospital will receive an ambulance to enhance patient mobility.

Naivasha MP David Kihagi commended Governor for adopting the MES program for improvement of health services delivery noting that the victims of the accident could now be on the road in search of medical services in Nakuru PGH and elsewhere.

He assured the Governor that MPs from Nakuru will continue supporting development agenda in the county for the betterment of the people. At the same time, he cautioned drivers to be alert and observe road use rules.

Governor Mbugua also met with traders operating near the hospital gate and scheduled a meeting with them in which their welfare will be discussed.

Among others who accompanied the Governor include MCAs for Hellsgate, Lakeview, and Viwandani Hon. Johnathan Warothe, Hon. Samuel Wanyoike and Eunice Muriithi respectively and nominated MCA Ester Njeri.

ENDS.

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