Trans Nzoia Deputy Governor Philomena Kapkory on Monday disclosed that community health volunteers will soon start receiving stipends.
Kapkory said this is in line with the county administration’s commitment to enhance healthcare services.
Speaking during the World Contraceptive Day at Endebess sub-county hospital the Deputy Governor called on all people in the reproductive age bracket to embrace the use of contraceptives noting its manifold benefits.
She underscored the socioeconomic and health merits that include reduction of maternal death and disability, reduced newborn/child mortality and morbidity and avoidance of unwanted pregnancies.
Kapkory said the use of contraceptives allow parents to effectively plan for their children in advance.
“Family planning does not in any way prohibit you from siring the number of children that you desire but it only allows you to do the right spacing, enabling you to plan upfront for the children,” she told the audience.
Kapkory observed that girls and women who plan their families have more opportunities to realize their potential including pursuing their careers and contributing to the economy hence realizing a stable and equitable society.
Pointing out that universal access to contraceptives is paramount, she noted that unless this is achieved, women’s empowerment and gender equality will remain elusive.
County Executive for Health Ms Claire Wanyama echoed the sentiments adding that the new administration had already made tremendous moves that aim at enhancing service delivery in the sector.
Stakeholders including USAID, Ampath and CHAT took part in the occasion that sensitized communities on reproductive health matters.
The event was also attended by Health Chief Officer Eng. Charles Barasa, County director of health services Dr. Nancy Kegode, Dr. Cynthia Shivatsi, senior administrator at the facility Risper Konzolo and Reproductive Health Officer Dr. Betty Khaemba among others.
By Kosuri Valarie