The Korean government has donated vehicles to facilitate mobile clinics and ambulances in support of the governments’ universal health initiative under the big4 agenda.
The Principal Secretary (PS) Ministry of Health, Eng. Peter Tum speaking on Wednesday while receiving the donation of 10 vehicles said the government had developed a partnership with the Korean Government through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) focusing on maternal and child health outreach programme.
“I am happy to report that the partnership has engaged in activities which have helped record achievements, including outreach activities which saw 23,280 people benefit from 44 and 74 large scale and small scale outreaches respectively,” explained Tum.
The PS said that another activity which focused on supporting referral services has already seen four Advanced Cardiac Life Support ambulances handed over to the Ministry and capacity built among health workers on emergency response.
“Empowering the Community Health Services was the other activity. Under the Formation of Community Health Units, KOICA supported 39 Community Health units, which were commissioned in July 2018. The Ministry also acknowledges the support of 20 motorcycles and the development of reporting tools for Community health workers,” said Tum.
He added that KOICA also supported building capacity for medical staffs, which has so far had 64 Staff trained on Basic Emergency Maternal Obstetric Care (BEmonic), 80 trained on family planning – Best practice in Contraceptive Care, and 80 trained on Integrated Disease Surveillance Response (IDSR).
The fifth activity, which focused on provision of equipment such as blood pressure machines, thermometers, weighing scales among others have helped the health facilities offer services better.
“On behalf of the Ministry, I want to thank the Government of Korea for the work it has done, which has a big positive impact on our people. It is the Ministry’s desire to work with the Government of Korea in advancing the Universal Health Coverage agenda for all Kenyans,” said Tum.
The Ambassador of Korea to Kenya, Young Dae Kwon said that they have worked in Kajiado and Kiambu counties since 2016 and have achieved a lot of positive results and impacted the lives of many.
He said that Kenya and Korea have been cooperating on different health projects dating back in the 1960’s and they will support the government in the big4 agenda key among them being uniserial health care.
By Joseph Ng’ang’a