The First Lady Kakamega County H.E Prof. Janet Kassily Barasa on Monday commissioned a Maternal and Newborn Health Learning Hub at Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital.
The facility will provide a centralized platform for doctors, clinicians and midwives drawn from the entire County to access and share knowledge related to maternal and newborn health. It will also enable healthcare professionals, researchers and policymakers to stay updated with the latest evidence based practices.
By promoting this continuous learning and collaboration, the hub will help to improve the quality of care, reduce maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity rates and timely contribute to better health outcomes for mothers and their babies.
The First Lady encouraged institutions of higher learning such as MMUST and KMTC to take advantage of the facility and ensure all students are exposed to skills in preparation to handling the human subjects.
The event also saw her distribute medical scrubs, donated by Matibabu Foundation through Africa Cancer Foundation, to frontline service providers in all the twelve Sub-Counties. The scrubs will act as a reminder in the war against cervical cancer, a disease the First Lady has committed to help scale down its prevalence rates by advocating for community screening, awareness and HPV vaccination.
H.E the First Lady appreciated implementing partners for the technical and material support towards service provision, with special mention to UNICEF for helping equip the Learning Hub. She further appreciated Jacaranda Health, UBJ JHPIEGO, IPAS, MARIESTOPES among others for ensuring continuous capacity building of staff.
Present at the event were Chief Officer for Public Health Hon. George Mukodo, County Director Medical Services Dr. Steve Wandei, GBV County Coordinator Ms. Rose Muhanda, USAID BORESHA JAMII representatives, among other health stakeholders.