Women who will observe guidelines issued by the department of Health and later deliver in public hospitals will be given incentives, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has said.
Addressing the press before flagging off three vehicles purchased by funds from World Bank through the Transforming Health Systems(THS) programme, the Governor said his Government wants to encourage mothers to attend ante-natal clinics and deliver in public hospitals.
“We have already budgeted for this programme that will see mothers who deliver in public health institutions receive an assortment of goods to start life with new-born,” he said.
Ojaamong asked the Community Health Volunteers to do the same to have more mothers attend clinics.
The Governor lauded the World Bank for the project which has helped in supporting universal health coverage, urging the World Bank to extend it owing to the Covid-19 pandemic that has crippled most sectors of the economy.
Medical Services Chief Officer Dr. Isaac Omeri said the three vehicles were purchased at a total cost of Sh20m, adding that the fourth vehicle flagged off by the Governor was donated by the Ministry of Health to help in Covid-19 fight.
Concerns have been rife within the medical circles due to the witnessed decrease in hospital visits during the pandemic as compared to previous times. This has been attributed to alleged fears on contracting the novel CoronaVirus while visiting the health facilities.
In light of the increasing capacity and readiness of counties, governors have attended the 5th Extraordinary Session of the National and County Governments Coordinating Summit on Covid 19 virtual meeting presided over by H.E The President.
The meeting was called to assess the disease situation 21 days after lifting cessation of movement restrictions as well as consider a report from the National Command Centre on how Covid-19 may propagate in the months of August and September 2020.