KMTC Kabarnet urged to introduce midwifery course to improve maternal, newborn health outcomes

Health workers celebrate during International Midwifery Week held at Baringo County Referral hospital on May 6. Photo: Alfred Kimosop

Baringo County Executive Committee Member (CECM) in charge of Health Dr Solomon Sirma has requested Kenya Medical Training Centre (KMTC) in Kabarnet to introduce Midwifery Course to bridge the deficit of midwives serving at the facility.

Speaking during International Midwifery Week held at Baringo County Referral hospital, the CECM said introduction of the course will go a long way in improving maternal and neonatal health care in healthcare facilities across the county.

Sirma reiterated that despite skill birth attendance in Baringo is 65 per cent; the health official said county is targeting to scale up to 85 per cent through training of more midwives in the county.


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He lauded the role of students in assisting the neonates and mothers at the facility noting that training of more staff to upscale the quarter is vital.

Sirma, affirming his support, he pledged to revamp the health sector through equipping with enough drugs and improved working conditions of the staff.

Midwife Association Chairperson Tecla Ngotie speaking during the event advised midwives to be on the frontline in voicing challenges faced at their work place.

She also advocated for new laws governing the association citing partnership with other health sectors and non-state actors will play crucial role in improving and addressing the challenges faced by the midwives in the country.

By Alfred Kimosop

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