The Governor held the second partnership meeting with UNICEF country leadership. UNICEF Country Representative, Werner Schultink; Chief of Health, Rory Nefdt; Chief of Social Policy, Ousmane Niang; Chief of Kisumu Zonal Office, Wangui Karanja; and Health Specialist, Dr. Edwin Lutomia.
The meeting was geared towards strengthening Maternal and Child healthcare in Vihiga County. The team, accompanied by the Governor and the County Medical team, toured Mbale Rural Health Training Centre to experience the status of maternal and child healthcare services offered in our health facilities, to better inform the realization of OttichiloCare.
The County Government of Vihiga working collaboratively with UNICEF will develop a concept paper in the next two weeks, that will define the current health status of Vihiga County and define the way forward. The Governor is fully committed to ensuring mothers and babies have access to the best medical healthcare services as well as support to ensure reduction of maternal and child mortality rates.
The OttichiloCare Program aims to encourage pregnant women/mothers to attend all the 4 Ante Natal Clinic (ANC) visits to aid the health workers attend to complications that may arise during pregnancy. The program also seeks to encourage mothers to have their deliveries at health facilities to mitigate pregnancy and child birth complications promptly.
This partnership will bring together all health workers, from the administration to the implementation of the program at the community level by the Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) and Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWS).