Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe says the efficiency of the health sector is highly dependent on the role of Midwives and Nurses in health facilities.
Kagwe was speaking Wednesday during the launch of the Nurse and Midwife Alliance, a platform that brings together all nurses and midwives in the country to facilitate the professional growth of healthcare practice.
The Alliance, Kagwe, said will also serve as an investment towards attaining Universal Health Coverage across the country, as nurses and midwives play the essential role of primary health care prevention and follow-up.
This includes prevention, early detection, and providing support for short term conditions like pregnancy and long term chronic diseases like Diabetes among others.
“Nurses and midwives are a crucial cogwheel in delivering healthcare services and complement the role of clinical officers and medical doctors among other health delivery players,” CS Kagwe said.
Adding that: “Their actions and utterances can therefore determine the extent of patients’ access to health. In light of this critical role, the Nurse and Midwife Alliance aims to train and sensitize the members to facilitate a smooth experience in the patients’ and clients’ access to health, which is a basic human right.”
The Alliance has already commenced plans to formulate a Nursing and Midwifery Policy and Scheme of Service to profile, specify duties, and grade all levels of the Nursing and Midwifery functions.
The National Nurses Association of Kenya President Alfred Obengo said the launch of the nurses and midwives platform in Kenya marks a crucial milestone in the quest to elevate the role of the frontline healthcare service providers