Kajiado County through the ministry of health hosted a national event to mark World Pneumonia Day at the county referral hospital.Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of deaths in children under five years old despite being easily preventable and treatable.It is a respiratory infection that leads to filling of lungs with fluid and leads to difficulty in breathing, high fever, severe cough and chest pain.
Speaking during the celebration , Chief Administrative Secretary Ministry of Health, Rashid Aman said pneumonia is still a big problem in Kenya.” Pneumonia still causes a lot of death in young children and as a ministry we will work with kajiado county government to ensure we reduce the 4% rate to zero. As a ministry we are happy with the services being offered here in Kajiado that is why we brought this event here.” Said Aman.
Kajiado Deputy Governor H. E Martin Moshisho said Kajiado is still below the required standard but the ministry has put a lot of effort.” Kajiado county death rate is at 4% now and we hope in few years to come to reduce to even zero by training and motivating our communities health workers and having all drugs needed at the hospitals for pneumonia patients .” Moshisho added that the County Government is highly committed in supporting the National Government achieve Universal Healthcare.” In our 2018/2019 budget the Health department got the lion’s share of the allocation because we want to see our people getting the best available treatments. We will work with the national government to ensure our people to bring services closer to them.” Said Moshisho.
CEC health Ester Somoire said the ministry will be doing mobilization and creating awareness to the local residents.” we know that a lot of sensitization needs to be done in the grassroots on the prevention of pneumonia, we will work with our partners to ensure this message of prevention reach to the interior parts of our county.The ministry brought over Pneumonia drugs to be for the next two years in the county.