𝗖𝗦 𝗡𝗮𝗸𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮 𝗜𝗻𝗮𝘂𝗴𝘂𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗪𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘁 𝗠𝗣 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗵 𝗛𝗼𝘀𝗽𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹 – 𝗞𝗣𝗝 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿
Nairobi, KENYA - - The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with counties and communities, is steadfast in improving maternal health coverage and equity through strategic investments in health systems, midwife training, and emergency obstetric care.
A remarkable milestone in this endeavor is the government's allocation of 4.1 billion KSH to the Linda Mama Free Maternity Program. This initiative has been instrumental in offering vital antenatal, delivery, and postnatal care, benefiting nearly one million women annually.
The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Nakhumicha S. Wafula, expressed these sentiments during the inauguration of the new Maternity Wing at MP Shah Hospital – KPJ Medical Center.
The timely launch coincided with the celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, aligning perfectly with the theme "Enabling breastfeeding: Making a difference for working parents”
In her speech, CS Nakhumicha emphasized the critical significance of investing in maternal and newborn health to ensure positive outcomes after childbirth.
Although substantial global and national efforts have been made to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target of reducing maternal and neonatal mortality by 2030, preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth still contribute to maternal deaths.
The CS highlighted the Ministry of Health's proactive approach in addressing this challenge, focusing on promoting health and disease prevention through integrated and evidence-based methods. The shift from curative services to proactive healthcare plays a pivotal role in reducing maternal mortality rates.
CS Nakhumicha commended MP Shah Hospital for its commendable efforts in reducing maternal mortality and improving newborn outcomes. The newly launched Maternity Wing, along with the integrated maternal and child health services at KPJ Medical Center, aligns seamlessly with the Ministry's goals of increasing access to skilled deliveries, comprehensive antenatal care, and full immunization for children.