Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Kisumu makes a step to scale up preventive health

Kisumu County Government has officially launched a two year Primary Healthcare strategy in a bid to have a more preventive care system.

The 2022-2024 strategy aims at assisting the county in resource mobilization and trans-formative implementation of primary healthcare at all levels.

County Senior Assistant Director of Medical services Dr Kennedy Otieno said that with the project 80% of the diseases will be dealt within every household level.

Nobody will come to you to open your windows, wash your hands and have your children vaccinated

Patricia Orao

“We have not invented our own PHC strategy but we have taken to our national PHC framework and assigned resposibilities to persons within the county government and partners to implement,”he said.

He further noted that the hospitals will still be actively offering curative services but the majority of the diseases should be dealt with at the lowest level.

The county government of Kisumu has along way to go in order to promote and prioritize primary healthcare

Patricia Arao

The strategy

Speaking to the press during the launch of the primary healthcare strategy in Kisumu Shitawisha DADA (STADA) Executive Director Patricia Orao who is a partner in the PHC development strategy said that healthcare is not only about the hospital delivery.

She said the strategy seeks to ensure that every person at the family level takes control of their lives to avoid spending too much at the curative stage.

“Nobody will come to you to open your windows, wash your hands and have your children vaccinated,” she said.

Patricia urged families to take a good control of their lives to avoid a lot of spending at the curative stage.

While commending the county government she also said the project will also encourage the preventive care in the county.

“The county government of Kisumu has along way to go in order to promote and prioritize primary healthcare,” she said.

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