The County Executive in charge of Health Services Mrs Everlyne Rotich has called upon expectant mothers to continue with their routine antennal visits as this ensures delivery of healthy babies and also get information on the best ways to nurture babies.
Speaking while commemorating World Prematurity Day 2020 at Ziwa Sub County Hospital, Rotich urged mothers to always take their children for vaccinations in order to guarantee their health against diseases.
She noted that World Prematurity day creates an opportunity to call attention to the heavy burden of death, disability and the pain and suffering that preterm birth causes and also a chance to talk about the solutions.
The Department of Health aims to increase awareness, reach and engagement countywide about the issues of preterm birth, preterm survival, and optimal development of preterms to reach their potential,” said Rotich.
Health services Chief officer Dr. Joseph Morogo, on his part said that Prematurity Day is a key moment to focus attention on the leading cause of child deaths under five years.
He added that the Department of Health Services works round the clock to ensure that mothers deliver safely and urged expectant mothers to deliver in hospitals as it’s easy to manage emergency cases and also assure the safety of both mother and child.
Also present during the commemoration exercise was the Director Health Services in charge of Planning and Administration Ronald Kiplimo.