KMET Huduma Poa Health Network brought together 23 health practitioners from various private hospitals in the country in a six-day workshop on Contraceptive Technology Update.
The workshop held at Migori- Florence Hotel commenced on 17th February and was closed on 22nd February after rigorous classroom and clinical practical sessions on family planning and integration of health services.
Participants of the workshop were stunned at the immense role that they are expected to play towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), by providing comprehensive reproductive health services.
Most of the participants confessed to have failed to provide clients with options or full range of family planning services due to lack of updated knowledge and skills in provision of some of the long term and short term contraceptive services.
KMET Huduma Poa Health Network, facilitates provision of skilled integrated servicesthat would then promote demand for and access of family planning, HIV counselling, testing, care and treatment; prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS; cervical cancer screening and maternal neonatal and child health services.
Speaking on the last day of the workshop, KMET Deputy CEO, Sam Owoko decried the uninviting health statistics characteristic of the larger Western and Rift valley regions of Kenya, challenging each participant to make a commitment to changing the negative health indicators.
“If we are to achieve our development goals, we must then pursue reproductive health aggressively,” he concluded.
Echoing Sam’s observations, Rongo Sub County public health nurse, Baetrice Hongo said it will be impossible to achieve MDGs 3 and 4 if there is continued rise in fertility rates and reduced contraceptive prevalence as is the case right now in Kenya.
The participants recorded a 15% improvement in their knowledge and skills on reproductive health at the end of the workshop following written tests at the beginning and end of the workshop.
Soon after the training Wangach Wanyasa, one of the participant wrote on KMET’s face book time line: “I thank you for organizing the just concluded CTU training, it has enlightened me and also given me a chance to perfect my practice.”