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26 Jun
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Nakuru County, NACC partner in war against HIV/Aids

The County Government of Nakuru has entered into a data and technology partnership with the National Aids Control Council (NACC) in the war against HIV/Aids. 
 
The NACC is carrying out population-based surveys that will guide the prevention of HIV transmission and provision of care and support to the infected and affected.
 
Data collected will be queued into an online monitoring system service for coordinated action in a move aimed at achieving the Universal Health Care coverage.
 
Dubbed, the Kenya HIV Situation Room, the application will provide downright, up-to-date and centralized data on HIV/Aids prevalence.
 
The County Government of Nakuru has entered into a data and technology partnership with the National Aids Control Council (NACC) in the war against HIV/Aids. 
 
The NACC is carrying out population-based surveys that will guide the prevention of HIV transmission and provision of care and support to the infected and affected.
 
Data collected will be queued into an online monitoring system service for coordinated action in a move aimed at achieving the Universal Health Care coverage.
 
Dubbed, the Kenya HIV Situation Room, the application will provide downright, up-to-date and centralized data on HIV/Aids prevalence.
 
The main interface of the HIV/Aids map will help identify a range of patterns and trends; the infected, those on treatment and receiving counselling, drugs in stock and medical officers handling the cases.
 
While commending the move, Governor Lee Kinyanjui said the platform will speed up and streamline communications between policy-makers and implementers.
 
“We will now know in time the needs of our people and the decision to take for better services,” said the Governor.
 
Chief Officer of Health, Dr Samuel Mwaura said the innovative tool will help the department to fill gaps even in managing other related fields.
 
“The platform can also show the number of antenatal care visits and the availability of antiretroviral drugs in a specific health facility,” added Ms Regina Ombam, NACC Deputy Director.
 
Some 14 officers from the County AIDS and STI Coordination unit have been trained on the technology-centred approach to accelerate the progress towards ending its AIDS epidemic.
 
The HIV prevalence in Nakuru County is lower than the national prevalence at 4.1%, according to the Kenya HIV Estimates 2015.
 
The report highlights that Nakuru County contributed to 2.7% of the total number of people living with HIV in Kenya, and is ranked the ninth nationally.
 
Also present were NACC’s Head of Monitoring and Evaluation Mr Joshua Gitonga, County Director of Medical Services Solomon Sirma, Deputy Director of Medical Services Dr Daniel Wainaina and officials from the county and national government ICT departments.
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29 May
By: NGPU 0 0

Taskforce report a roadmap to universal healthcare coverage – DG Dr Erick Korir

The County Government of Nakuru is committed to implementing a health taskforce report in full towards achieving the universal healthcare coverage goal. 
 
In September last year, Governor Lee Kinyanjui formed a Nakuru County Health Taskforce to look into the ailing health sector as well as identify and recommend new opportunities for investments.
 
The task force led by former Egerton University VC Prof James Tuitoek revealed a sorry state of the County health system that bordered gross violation of healthcare to residents. 
 
Poor infrastructure, lack of drugs, few and demoralized health workers among others were some of the issues highlighted as ailing the sector.
 
Nakuru Deputy Governor Dr Erick Korir noted that the County will use the report as a blueprint in revamping the health sector.
 
Last week, the County opened an oncology center at the Nakuru Referral Hospital that will offer comprehensive care to cancer patients at an affordable fee. 
 
The County will soon open a one-stop ultramodern maternity wing at the Nakuru Referral Hospital as a means of reducing congestion at the existing maternity wing
 
According to Medical Superintendent Dr. Joseph Mburu, the current maternity wing is overstretched beyond its capacity something which has forced pregnant mothers to share beds.
 
The hospital’s maternity wing has a 500-bed capacity but currently is being forced to attend to and admit well over 700 pregnant women.
 
“The County is equipping and staffing dispensaries and health centers to ensure that health cases are managed at the lowest levels,” said Dr Korir.
 
He was speaking during the funeral service of Ms Grace Wanjiku, sister to the Nakuru County’s Director Liasion Mr Grishon Githiomi.
 
Ms Wanjiku succumbed to death on May 2nd after battling liver disease from 2014.
 
Also in attendance was the Public Service, Training, and Devolution CECM Mr Mwangangi Mwania, Director of Political Affairs Ms Beatrice Nyawira, Nakuru Roads Director Eng James Ochieng, Chief of Staff Mr Gichuhi Njoroge, among other county officials.
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