By Stephen Aengwo
Leaders in West Pokot County have called on the Kenya and Ugandan Governments to jointly set up more health centers in remote area along the border of the two countries to help resident’s access health services.
West Pokot Women representative Mrs.Regina Nyeris said that residents living along the border of Kenya and Uganda in West Pokot County walk more than twenty kilometers on foot to reach the nearest health center.
Speaking at Amudat area along the border, Mrs.Nyeris said the distance to this health Centres is vast and most of the residents never acquire quality health services.
She reiterated that many women give birth on their way to hospitals because of the long distances.
Mrs Nyeris said this has led to an increase in mortality rate of young ones in the region during rainy season since the area is among the worst hit by malaria.
She observed that parents are unable to take their children to hospitals due to long distance and asked the county government to immediately deploy staff in the newly constructed dispensaries.
Mrs Nyeris cited that since independence the area have has had few health centers.
She urged the county government and national governments to help in building health centers in the area to improve health care.
The West Pokot women MP pleaded to the national government to increase allocation of money to counties especially the ministry of health to improve health in remote places.
Mrs .Nyeris asked the government to upgrade Alale and Kacheliba health facilities to help residents, since most of the patients transferred to Kapenguria district hospital die on the treacherous way.
She said when the two hospitals are upgraded, they will serve even Ugandans.
Area residents led by Dorothy Tukei said that that they are forced to walk long distances for them to access medical services.
They complained of poor infrastructure in the area citing that they rely on mobile clinics to get medical services.
Tukei said that majority, however, prefer giving birth at home with the help of traditional birth attendants.
She said the nearest Kenyan facility from her village is more than 15 kilometers away.
The residents said they are forced to walk more than twenty kilometers for them to access health facilities.
She said that many have been losing their lives because of lack of health centers.