REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Government scales up child health interventions. Nairobi, KENYA 14th November 2018

Health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman gives remarks during the commemoration of the World Pneumonia Day in Kajiado County.

Health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman receives a donation of 2000 doses of Amoxicillin Dispersible tablets from CHAI Vice president Mr. Gerald Macharia for treatment pneumonia in children in Kajiado County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman with Kajiado County Deputy Governor Mr. Martin Moshisho and Kajiado Health CEC Ms Esther Somoire.

Health CAS tours Kajiado County Referral Hospital during the commoration of the World Pneumonia Day in the County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The government is scaling up optimum treatments modalities for management of pneumonia to reach more children and prevent unnecessary deaths.

The scale up will include interventions such as oral antibiotics for the management of pneumonia, injectable antibiotics and oxygen for the management of severe pneumonia, the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Rashid Aman said during the Commemoration of the World Pneumonia Day in Kajiado County on 12th November 2018.

The CAS advised the parents to observe interventions such as exclusive breastfeeding, adequate complimentary feeding and Vitamin A supplementation to keep children healthy and free from Pneumonia.

Dr. Rashid, also urged parents to follow preventative interventions such as immunizations, safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, reduction of household air pollution to prevent children from diseases.

He observed that Kenya has made steady progress in improving child health outcomes in the last decade, with significant reduction in neonatal and infant mortalities. Dr. Rashid attributed the achievements to the increased uptake of ORS and Zinc for the management of diarrhoea in children under five years; improved exclusive breastfeeding practices; introduction of new childhood vaccines like pneumococcal and rotavirus; use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets; and the scale up of skilled birth attendants.

However, he acknowledged that although vaccines and other preventative efforts are decreasing the disease burden, there is need for more effort in improving care-seeking for children with symptoms of acute respiratory infections, uptake of health promotion and prevention, access to quality Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health care (NCAH) services and treatment.

Kenya is a signatory of the Global Action Plan for Prevention of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD). The Government has adopted the Kenya Action Plan for Prevention of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (KAPPD), which is the national blueprint towards accelerated action in the reduction of child mortality.

He revealed that through the support of partners the Ministry has launched an updated pneumonia management guidelines that recommend the use of Amoxicillin Dispersible Tablets for the management of pneumonia in children under five years.

ā€œUnder the Universal Health Coverage package, the Linda Mama Programme has been expanded to include a cover for the newborns up to one year to ensure that all children, especially those in underserved and marginalized areas are reached with services to address preventable and treatable causes of morbidity and mortality such as pneumonia,ā€ he noted.

 

 

 

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