Governor Gladys Wanga today distributed essential kits to the 2954 Community Health Promoters (CHPs) in the county, to enhance primary healthcare access and promote healthier communities.
The kits, a commitment from both the county and the national governments towards Universal Health Coverage, contained a Blood Glucose Monitoring system, a First Aid kit, disposal adhesive plaster strips, a health scale weighing machine, a Blood Pressure Monitor, a baby scale, a vacuum cup, a flashlight and a pocket sharps container for clinical waste.
Speaking to the county health promoters at Raila Odinga Stadium in Homa Bay Town, Governor Gladys Wanga reiterated that primary healthcare is a top priority in the county's transformation agenda, and the role Community Health Promoters (CHPs) play is critical in this endeavour.
"The role of CHPs popularly known as the ‘Nyamrerwas’ is key in delivering important healthcare services and identifying health issues early on," said Wanga.
She added: "These kits will enhance their work and enable them to continue serving our communities effectively."
According to the county boss, capturing and managing health indicators at the household level allows the county government to plan, program and execute appropriate interventions in managing healthcare.
"We are committed to working with CHPs to ensure that all residents of Homa Bay County have access to quality healthcare services," Wanga said.
Deputy governor Oyugi Magwanga, who accompanied the governor urged the health promoters to be steadfast in executing healthcare services at the villages, affirming the need to make proper use of the tools.
"The CHPs are the backbone of our primary healthcare system, and we are grateful for their dedication and commitment to serving our county."
Health county executive committee member, Ms. Rosemary Omollo exuded confidence in the delivery of primary care going forward, stressing the importance of the tools.
"These kits will help the CHPs to provide better healthcare services to our residents, and we are confident that they will continue to play a vital role in improving the health at the household level. They will provide basic services such as health education, disease prevention, and treatment.”