PATH, a global organization that works to accelerate health equity has donated pulse oximeters through Tools for Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (TIMCI) Project to Kakamega County Government. The team led by the Country Director Mr. Ben Aliwa presented the pulse oximeters to Kakamega Governor H.E Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya at Golf hotel, Kakamega, in the presence of senior Government officers among them the Deputy Governor H.E Prof. Philip Museve Kutima.
Governor Oparanya thanked the Partner for the support which he said will go a long way in serving the residents and other Government clients through enhanced timely emergency health tests and other health care services.
Mr. Aliwa who was accompanied by the Project Lead Mr. Miheso Andolo said the pulse oximeters will improve the ability of primary health care givers to diagnose severe illnesses in children and adults across all the level 4 health facilities thereby reducing mortality rates for children under the age of five years in Kakamega County.
“We are enhancing our collaboration with the Government to ensure sustainability of our programmes as we focus on scaling up the project within the County and Country to respond to the needs of the residents,” he said.
In Kakamega, the program is being implemented in Lurambi, Lugari and Ikolomani Sub-Counties. Kitui and Uasin Gishu are the other Counties benefitting from UNITAID support through PATH.
In addition to the donation of pulse oximeters , the Organization is also involved in capacity building for heath workers.TIMCI project will also support the county in assessment and repair of respiratory care equipment in COVID- 19 isolation and treatment health facilities in the county. This will enhance access to respiratory care systems to improve treatment of patients with Covid-19.