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LREB Governors lauded for Initiating County Health Schemes

Dr. Rosemary Obara. Photo/Oliver

Governors under the Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) banner have been lauded for initiating a wide range of health schemes, aimed at ensuring that vulnerable members of the community access quality healthcare at ago.

Speaking on the sidelines of the first Lake region Primary Health Care Summit at a Kisumu hotel on Thursday, October 06, 2022, Dr. Rosemary Obara said initiatives such as the Marwa (Ours), Oparanya Care and Otichillo Care in Kisumu, Kakamega and Vihiga Counties go a long way in ensuring a level playing field as far as access of quality and timely healthcare is concerned. 

Dr. Obara, the former Chief Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Health in Kisumu County, currently heads the health pillar at LREB.

“We in the Lake Region Economic Block are using economies of scale where if one county has a best practice; the other counties learn from that and they don’t necessarily have to reinvent the wheel, but just to customize in order to tackle the challenges that are there,” she said.

Dr. Obara said the region which brings together 14 counties namely; Busia, Siaya, Kisumu, Homabay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira, Kericho, Bomet, Nandi, Vihiga, Kakamega, Bungoma and Trans Nzoia is dogged by a lot of communicable diseases and the increasing number of non communicable illnesses, calling on various organizations to partner with county administrations for effective address of health concerns. 

Cindy Aketch. Photo/Oliver

The two-day Primary Health Care Summit will end on Friday, having been put together through collaboration of various organizations among them KMET and Inuka Success.  

Cindy Aketch from KMET said they are involved in more advocacy aimed at helping reduce the number of teenage pregnancies in the Nyanza region, through county government allocating funds for family planning commodities.

Victone Otieno, Director Inuka Success Organization said the bigger picture is rallying community engagement to make Primary Health Care a success.

Victone Otieno. Photo/Oliver

“The future of our quality healthcare that is embedded in article 43 of the constitution can only be realized when primary healthcare is actualized," he said.

"Primary healthcare can only be actualized when communities are involved in implementation, planning and monitoring."

Content created and supplied by: Oliver_Ochieng (via Opera News )

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