Maternity and Baby Unit at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Delivery of health services in Kisumu is expected to improve after the county government partnered with US medical equipment maker GE to train medical workers on use of pre-natal screening devices.

GE and the county government facilitated the training of 12 nurses and clinical officers from six sub-county heathcare facilities on using GE’s portable hand-held ultrasound device that estimates gestational age for better planning and management of pregnancies.

The equipment will help medical care givers respond accordingly once complications are detected thereby saving an expectant mother’s and the unborn infant’s life.

GE Africa Vice President and GE Healthcare Head Farid Fezoua said the firm looked forward to contributing to improved maternal, newborn and child health across Africa.


“We are firmly committed to serving as a partner in the development of healthcare in Kenya and pleased to collaborate with the Kisumu County government because we believe strengthening primary healthcare is an essential step in supporting governments in the attainment of universal health coverage,” he said.

Kisumu Health and Sanitation County Executive Dr Rosemary Obara said the partnership would strengthen the health provision chain right from the village to the referral facilities.

The duo spoke at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital when the GE-trained health workers successfully completed 70 hour training on using the GE ultra-sound device and were dispatched back to their stations.

The GE-Kisumu project follows Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o’s move allocating 30 per cent of the county’s budget towards improvement of healthcare at all hospitals and health centres where emphasis will be “a preventive and participative mechanism right to the village level”.

The county government anticipates to reach about 7,000 women with ultrasound screening during their current pregnancy in the next nine months. Seventeen similar programmes dubbed ‘Community To The Hospital’ are under implementation in seven countries has since benefited 100,000 expectant women with 1,100 community health workers, midwives, nurses, and clinical officers trained.

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