Child mortality rates within western Kenya and North Rift regions has been pointed out as reason enough for providers to implement Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses, IMCI, within their facilities.
KMET Deputy CEO Sam Owoko called on providers to embrace IMCI since it’s a conceptual approach which offers simple and effective methods to comprehensively prevent and help manage the leading causes of illness and mortality in children below five years.
Sam also said that KMET is ready to partner with and provide loans to the private health facilities which have funding problems that reduce their capacity to offer quality healthcare to clients.
He further outlined the benefits the health facilities would accrue such as accreditation and quality standards through Safe Care.
“You can start from level 1 all the way to level 5 which is the highest and gives a facility international status,” he said.
Amos Onderi programs coordinator Health Communication and Marketing underlined the need to implement IMCI because that’s the main reason for training the providers.
The training brought together providers from Kisumu, Homa Bay, Siaya, and Nandi among other counties from around Western Kenya.
The providers were able to learn several aspects of child disease. From the signs and symptoms which present themselves.
The providers were involved in practicum sessions at the Mbale Rural Health Centre and Vihiga District hospital where they attended to inpatient and outpatient.
The facilitators, Charles Ngwalla, Kisumu county clinical officer, George Nyawalo, county clinical officer Siaya, Azenath Aluoch, county clinical officer, Homa Bay County were instrumental in aiding the training session. With vast experience in child diseases they were crucial as they imparted knowledge to the providers.