News Categories: Health

13 Nov
By: CGK 0


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.

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12 Nov
By: CGK 0


The Ministry of Health has scheduled to commemorate the World Pneumonia Day. World Pneumonia Day is commemorated annually on 12th November to raise awareness of pneumonia, promote, prevention, treatment, and generate action to fight the illness. The Theme of the day is “Stop Pneumonia: Invest in Child Health”.

The County Department of Health in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and other development partners therefore invites you to attend the commemoration day on 12th November 2018 at Kajiado County Referral Hospital starting at 0800.

H.E Joseph Ole Lenku, Governor Kajiado County will grace the occasion and the Chief Guest will be Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Hon. Sicily Kariuki.

You are cordially invited to join us for this auspicious and noble event

Thank you,
Kajiado County Department of Health

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27 Sep
By: CGK 0


Kajiado’s four-day free surgical camp has officially kicked off today the 27th -30th September 2018 at Kajiado Referral hospital and Oloitokitok sub-county hospital.

Surgeries to be conducted include;




4.Reconstruction surgeries

5.Orthopaedic surgery




9.Keloids, Lipomas, Skin Grafting

10.Varicose veins stripping



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26 Sep
By: CGK 0


In a move meant to boost staff morale and enhance service delivery in health facilities, the County Government of Kajiado today received a guideline for attraction, retention and management of Human Resources for health document.

The proposed Kajiado County incentive framework model suggests favorable initiatives that if implemented will provide proper working conditions by incorporating financial and non-financial incentives that will make health facilities including those in remote areas attractive and favorable to work in.

The timely document which was developed with the support of Human Resources for Health (HRH)Kenya Program funded by USAID- implemented by Intra health International in collaboration with the department of medical services, public health & sanitation, county partners and other stakeholders.

Robert Athewa, Communication and Liaison Officer and Chair-Health Partners Kajiado County outlined that for the success of the framework to be realized, the Kajiado County Government needed to embark on a deliberate process of change which involves financing of health care services which has traditionally capitalized on infrastructure development, drugs and equipment and with minimum attention to the Human Resources for health.

“15% of national budget was allocated to the health sector unfortunately only 8% is being utilized making it a challenge to counties to operate unless more money is pumped in,” he said.

Athewa acknowledged that well designed health systems should prioritize motivation of staff to deliver quality health care services. These he said can be accelerated through development of a human resource partnership with national government institutions and other stakeholders.

According to Jacob Sampeke, the Chief Officer in charge of Medical Services, provision of staff development opportunities at all levels of service delivery is of key importance in empowering them to perform their duties effectively.

He observed that identifying staff retention initiatives especially to staff in rural health facilities as well as an advancement in their capacity, salaries and promotions would have an overall effect on their morale and output.

“We will work around the clock with the leadership within the health ministry to give all the staff the necessary support they require for the benefit of the people of the Kajiado,” said Sampeke.

He said the purpose of the guideline was to put in place a highly motivated human resource for health which is able to meet fast growing demand for health care and help the County attain Universal Health Coverage that H.E the Governor was keen on achieving in the next four years.

Sampeke said the County Government through the Department of Medical Services Health and Sanitation had embarked on improving of infrastructure as well as repairs of road network, and provision of social amenities such as water, electricity among others.

“We have already recommended a number of doctors and staff to further their studies abroad and bring back expertise in their specialties; this will enhance our service delivery efforts,” he said.

The Human Resource for Health is a key factor in realizing the health objectives outlined in the Kajiado County Integrated Development Plan, CIDP for the FY 2018 a 2022. The County Government has already made elaborate plans to improve health care provision by upgrading, expanding and equipping health facilities to enable them offer more specialized services.


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06 Sep
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H.E the Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho was accompanied by CEC Health Esther Somoire, Senior vice President, Head of General medicine and Endocrinology Dr. Francis Feig and other CURAFA officials for the opening of a new health facilities at Tuala in Oloosirkon,Sholinke Ward.

CURAFA is a project implemented in partnership between MERCK and AMREF Health Africa with an aim to improve health in five primary healthcare facilities in Kenya Counties of Kiambu, Kajiado, Machakos, Makueni and Mombasa.

H.E the Deputy Governor said that more and more NGO’s are choosing Kajiado as one of the counties to support as they help us to improve health through the universal health coverage in all parts of our County.


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03 Sep
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Kajiado County Government today held its first and a one of its kind goat auction whose proceeds will be used to secure medical insurance under the National Hospital Insurance Fund cover for five thousand needy and vulnerable households within the County.Each of the 25 wards of the five sub counties had been allocated 200 goats to be sold during the auction which attracted buyers from different parts of the country.

Deputy President William Ruto who officiated the auction assured the residents of support from the National government in spearheading the matters health in line with the big four agenda spearheaded by the Jubilee Government.

He congratulated the County Government on its efforts in partnership with the Kenya Literature Bureau, KLB to empower ECDE schools through introduction of literature and other materials that give learners a firm foundation in basic education.“For our children to succeed they need a solid educational background,” said Ruto.

Having earlier laid a foundation stone for the construction of the first ever university in Kajiado Ruto said young people transitioning from secondary schools need to have technical training and skills that will help them drive the development agenda.“This country needs technical people with skills and expertise within the various sectors and the education arena needs to be equipped with tools to help it achieve this,” he said.

The Deputy President further assured the residents of continued infrastructural developments that will see the completion of key roads that will open up the county to more industrial opportunities. “The development agenda needs proactive efforts and not mere talk,” added Ruto.

Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku in a rejoinder said the goat auction will be an annual event and hopes that in the next one year 50% uptake of medical insurance through NHIF will be achieved within the county. “One of the pillars of the big four agenda is universal health coverage. We hope to achieve 100% coverage from 20% by 2022,” he said.

He lauded the work done by the county and sub county administrative officers in sensitizing the residents on the importance of the NHIF medical insurance as well as the county government goat auction initiative. “90% of our health facilities are accredited by NHIF and our people are now more aware of what they stand to gain by taking up medical insurance by NHIF,” said the Governor.

The governor further thanked the partnership with national government institutions like the Kenya Literature Bureau, KLB who have played a key role in facilitating a curriculum that empowers the youth in technical & vocational training thus making them employable and abled to start up sustainable businesses.

Narok County Governor Samuel Ole Tunai on his part admitted that the health sector had unique challenges that needed to be bridged and congratulated the Kajiado County Government for being proactive in its “Mbuzi Moja Afya Bora” initiative as a way of safeguarding the health of its people by offering workable alternatives.“It is high time that we as a pastoralist community consider the gains of selling one goat versus the health and wellbeing of our households,” said Governor Tunai.

The goat auction exercise which was held at the County Demonstration Farm in Kajiado attracted buyers among them Members of Parliament and County Assembly, County and National Government leaders and residents from within and outside the County.

Ground breaking exercise of the proposed Olkejuado university college of applied technology presided by the Deputy President William Ruto

H.E the Deputy President being taken through an architectural design of the proposed Olkejuado University College of Applied Technology.

H.E the Deputy President and Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku conducting the auction process at the Kajiado Demonstration Farm in Kajiado

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17 Aug
By: CGK 0


The Korean government through The Korea International Cooperation Agency has donated five ambulances and twenty motorcycles to be used to improve health care provision in health facilities within Kajiado County.

The timely donation comes at a time when the administration through its department of health is determined to achieve the Universal Health Care Coverage as advanced in the Big Four agenda propelled by the president Uhuru Kenyatta.

Speaking at his office in Kajiado where he received the donation H.E the Governor lauded the Korean government in its resolve to build the capacity of healthcare facilities in the county through their donations and project engagements. “I am truly encouraged by the Korean government’s effort in improving the health care provision capacity of our hospitals and health centers. We hope this will extend to water and cooperatives,”

The Korean ambassador to Kenya Young Dae Kwon who led the delegation to the Governor’s office appreciated the good working relationship with the Kajiado County Government and promised to support health, water and capacity building initiatives by the departments.

“The Korean Government is determined to ensure that the citizens of Kajiado County have ease of access of services provided by the County Government,” said Kwon.

The universal healthcare coverage is one of the pillars of the big 4 agenda that the governor has put forward as a priority service provision yardstick for the health sector. The Korean Government through KOICA has been a key stakeholder in this resolve with several projects supported, hospitals and health centers equipped within the County.


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31 Jul
By: Kajiado County 0


Oloitokitok Campus Principal Dr. Caleb Mutua led staff and students in welcoming the guests to the campus.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             KMTC Oloitokitok Campus today received a new bus to ease students transport to clinical areas.
The 51 seater bus is the second to be bought for the campus by the World Bank which sponsors the enrolled community nursing program in the campus and seven others.
While handing over the bus, Board Chairman Prof. Philip Kaloki assured the students that the management of the College would get additional classroom space and improve infrastructure at the Campus.
CEO Prof. Kiptoo urged the students to maintain high levels of discipline at all times and to become ambassadors of the College.
“This bus will make transport to your clinical areas easier enabling you to get the requisite practical experience to be able to serve Kenyans,” he added.
Oloitokitok Sub-county referral Hospital administrator Ms. Catherine lauded the students from the campus for an excellent job during their placement at the hospital and further commended them for being part of efforts to improve the face of the Hospital.
Kajiado County Director of Health Dr. Ezekiel Kapkoni represented the Health CEC during the event.
The team from KMTC that accompanied the Director and Chairman to the event comprised of Board Member Mr. Mithamo Muchiri, Corporation Secretary Dr. Miriam Muthoka and Intergovernmental Relations Manager Dr. Leah Bii.
Oloitokitok Campus Principal Dr. Caleb Mutua led staff and students in welcoming the guests to the campus.[/caption]


Oloitokitok Campus Principal Dr Caleb Mutua led staff and students in welcoming the guests to the campus






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12 Jul
By: Kajiado County 0


A polio vaccination campaign targeting 150,000 children in Kajiado County has been launched today.
During the five day campaign, children under five years will be vaccinated against the crippling and potentially deadly, infectious disease.
Speaking during the launch of the mass immunization exercise in Kajiado town today Governor Joseph Ole Lenku said his government was ready to facilitate efforts towards a healthy society in line with the universal health care coverage outlined in the big four development agenda of the Jubilee administration.
“The bulk of the County’s budget for the next financial year has been allocated to the Health docket to promote a healthy and proactive society,” he said.
Lenku said he was committed to ensure that the citizens of the county access affordable healthcare through such initiatives as the “mbuzi moja Afya moja” campaign which encourages the predominantly pastoralist residents to take up health insurance by selling one goat for an equivalent of a yearly premium per family.
“As your Governor I will continue to take the lead with the support of other partners in making sure that Kajiado moves towards attaining a more healthy society” he added.
Speaking at the same forum, Martin Moshisho, the Deputy Governor asked stakeholders in the health ministry to demystify the polio virus to the residents who still believe it’s a curse.
“Polio is preventable. The vaccine is safe and I urge all the parents and guardians with children under five years of age to bring them out for vaccination,” he advised.
The CECM in charge of Health, Esther Somoire said the vaccination campaign is a supplementary move aimed at boosting the immunity of children adding that
Kajiado County had been earmarked as a high risk county due to its proximity to Nairobi where the first cases of the polio outbreak were reported.
“The campaign will be conducted through house-to-house visits by vaccination teams who will administer Oral Polio Vaccination to children under five,” she said.
Jackson Kioko, director of medical services at the Ministry of Health, said the immunization campaign comes after a recent alert through the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) that brought to the ministry of Health’s attention reports of the polio virus in Nairobi County’s sewerage system.
He added that it is regrettable that there is still a large number of parents in Kenya who hide polio aggrieved children from the eyes of the society adding that such children can still utilize their talents and grow up to be responsible citizens.
“Polio is preventable but if the child has already been struck by the virus do not hide them let them be given vaccines and nurture them to be good citizens of the society,” said Kioko.
Agnes Leshomo a mother who attended the launch was relieved to learn that polio is preventable and thanked the government for its effort to rid the county of the virus.
“In our community there are families who hide their children who have been maimed by polio. It is high time they knew polio is not a curse,” she said
Also present at the launch were the First Lady Edna Lenku, Health Development Partners among other county and National government Leaders.






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10 Jul
By: Kajiado County 0


Governor Lenku during the commissioning of the Matasia Hospital.

Residents of Olkeri, Keekonyokie and parts of Nkaimurunya ward have finally benefited from a Level Three Hospital.
The Matasia Health Centre was launched today, several months after it opened doors to patients without being fully complete due to public demand.
Governor Joseph Ole Lenku and his Health CEC member, Esther Somoire, led Matasia’s Community in welcoming the County’s newest health facility.
The residents were full of joy and several of them narrated the ordeal they had endured while seeking health services in hospitals far away in Ngong and Ongata Rongai.
The hospital’s importance to the local community is indicated by the 8,000 patients it has treated since November last year.
According to the Health Centre’s register, the hospital has also treated 4,000 children while immunizing 30 children every day.
It also handles about 30 Family planning clients and about 30 Ante Natal Care mothers a day.
Governor Lenku said the County will continue constructing the remaining infrastructure buildings as well as equipping the hospital with the necessary equipment.
” We shall increase the nurses from the current four. We shall also build a maternity in due course, ” said Governor Lenku.
The Governor was accompanied by area MCA Peter Gitau, Moses saoyo kusero, James Waichanguru Ndirangu ( Nkaimurunya), Mwathi Pere ( Ongata Rongai) and nominated MCAs Ngogoyo Onesmus, Hon Mario Sandra Pepeon and Lucy Mathenge.




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