Health workers in Turkana County are currently undergoing training to equip them with skills to reduce infant and maternal mortality.
The county has one of the highest recorded cases of mothers dying while giving birth. According to the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2014, Turkana County is losing 1,594 mothers per 100,000.
The training, supported by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), is targeting 33 health workers from four sub-counties in Turkana South, Turkana West, Loima, and Turkana East sub-counties.
County Director of Medical Services Dr. Gilchrist Lokoel says no woman should lose her life while bringing forth a new life.
He urged the participants to sensitize the communities on the benefits of delivering in a health facility and providing good customer care service.
“My hope is that you, the participants, will be soldiers of change that will reduce the maternal mortality rate in Turkana so as to avoid the unnecessary deaths of our mothers and newborns,” he said.
At the Lorugum Sub-county Hospital, Sister Veronica Mbula attends to approximately 20 deliveries per month. Having been a nurse at the maternity and newborn unit for the last 10 years, she has seen the hospital transform into a referral facility for Loima Sub-county.
“This training will give me the knowledge and skills to manage the obstetric emergencies because we get them every day,” she said.
Nargis Kaka, a midwife from the Nursing Council of Kenya and the course director, says that training is skills-based and the participants will be practicing on mannequins and role-plays as well as proper patient documentation.