Cabinet Secretary for Health Susan Nakhumicha has said that Migori County is among the those with low statistics of expectant mothers under the Linda Mama health program, putting the lives of the unborn at risk.

Speaking during a church funds drive in Uriri Sub County- Migori, Nakhumicha said that Migori was among the counties not fully utilising the Linda Mama program, according to health database.

“From our database, Migori County is among those that are lagging behind in terms of Linda Mama health program”, she said.

Linda Mama is a government health-sponsored programme that aims to achieve universal cases to maternal and child health services.

Linda Mama as a health program, is one of the stepping stones contributing to the country’s progress towards achieving Universal Health Cover (UHC).

A section of the congregation during the church service at St Mary’S Catholic Parish. Photo (Mark Nyamita, Facebook)

Nakhumincha noted that it was important for the expectant mothers to attend all the clinical visit sessions to ensure that both their health and that of the baby are assured.

The Cs furthered that in the Ministry of Health has been allocated Shs4.98 Billion in the 2023/2024 financial budget, for Linda mama programme to cater for expectant mothers across Kenya.

She also acknowledged the government efforts to set aside 50 million to build a health facility in Uriri Sub County for the benefit of the Migori residents

Nakhumincha added that come October, the Ministry of Health will operationalize all dispensaries, levels 1 and 2 hospitals to provide free health services.

“We want to ensure that health services will be provided at zero costs at the lowest devolved units to ensure that our citizens get the best and necessary health services”, said Nakhumicha.

She added that the Community Health Promoters across the country will also start earning from the noble and crucial role they play at grassroots levels in terms of prompting and offering health services.

Nakumicha however, warned that these development services cannot take place where there is no peaceful coexistence, urging the public to always embrace the government of the day.

“Let us all embrace the government of the day, accept and appreciate the national projects because they are aimed at promoting social economic agendas of our country”, noted the Cs.

The church Fund drive function which managed to raise 7 Million was also attended by the National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula, Principal Secretaries for Interior Raymond Omollo and his counterpart for Social Protection Joseph Motari, hosted by Uriri Member of Parliament Mark Nyamita and other Migori County elected leaders.

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