The Ministry of Health (MoH) will carry out a pilot programme of Electronic Community Health Information System (eCHIS) in Kisumu County before it is eventually rolled out across the country.
The national health transformation project aims at digitizing information on community health services across the nation and will revolutionise the delivery of health care deep in rural parts of the country.
The National Government will spend Sh5.2 billion to create a unified national electronic community health information system whose 100 per cent adoption by the 47 counties will be done by 2025.
Ministry of Health head of Division of Community Health Dr. Maureen Kimani, while presenting a justification for the project at a Kisumu Hotel Monday, said the paper based old system was cumbersome and the community based information tools were often out of stock.
“There has been inefficient data collection, analysis and reporting. The paper based tools have also been costly, resulting in delay in timely data submission,” noted Dr. Kimani.
The Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) would be supplied with electronic devices such as mobile phones to replace the costly and rigorous paper work in public hospitals.
Through this system, the CHVs will register family members from their locality. These data and medical records would then be available at local health centres for use in case of any sicknesses.
In an executive summary to the National Community Health Digitization Strategy 2020-2025, the Acting Director General of Health, Dr. Patrick Amoth says the ministry was responding to the gaps identified in Community Health service delivery and data management.
In addition, Dr. Kimani said the project was anchored on the National Strategy for Community health digitization, which seeks to strengthen health data management systems in the country.
Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o hailed MoH for picking on Kisumu County to pilot the project that would boost the primary health care in Kenya.
Nyong’o further noted that the initiative will help address the inefficiencies that have dogged the primary health care sector.
“You cannot successfully provide health care without real-time data and accurate information from patients. This project will eliminate the use of exercise books by patients seeking treatment in health facilities,” said Nyong’o, adding that, “universal health care can only succeed with data driven sound health care system. Without data harvested through a sound health care system, it will be like climbing a tree from the top.”
Kisumu was among the four counties including Isiolo, Machakos, and Nyeri that piloted the Universal Health Care Programme in 2019. It will be the only county to pilot the electronic Community Health Information System.
The County Health Chief Officer Dr. Gregory Ganda said Kisumu has been chosen to pilot the project because of its robust health care infrastructure and interest to invest in Community health.
Only recently the county launched a health insurance scheme known as ‘Marwa’ Kisumu Solidarity Health Cover for close to 90,000 vulnerable households.
Kakamega Woman Kills Husband Over Co-wife, Solar Panel
A Kakamega woman has admitted to murdering her husband after he disconnected their solar panel from her house and fitting it in her co-wife house.
Before the High Court in Kakamega, Joy Trizar Shitubi pleaded guilty to the charge of man-slaughtering her husband on October 26, 2017 at Emachoni village.
“I stabbed my husband Joseph Waboko Mbayi on the material date without malice aforethought,” said Shitubi who had entered a plea bargain deal with the prosecution to plead guilty for manslaughter instead of the more serious murder charge.
Narrating her ordinance, Shitubi explained she was preparing food for dinner when her husband, Mbayi came and disconnected the solar panel from her house and took it to the first wife’s house.
According to her, her husband later returned back and grabbed her by the neck and started strangling her when she protested against the action of snatching the solar panel from her and could not reveal where its charger was.
“I struggled to come out of the strangling but he hit me in the face and tried to grab the knife I was using to peel tomatoes from my hand,” she said. “Amidst the struggle I unfortunately happened to stab him with the knife in the chest fatally injuring him.”
Meanwhile, the sister to Mbayi, Ester, who witnessed the incident claims that her brother was provoked to start the fight when her sister-in-law could not reveal where she had kept the charger to the solar panel.
She confirmed that her brother hit Joy on the face with a fist and a struggle ensued between them leading to the fatal stab. The first wife said Mbayi went to her co-wife’s house and disconnected the solar plate that had initially been installed in her house. She added that after her husband returned the solar panel back to her house and went back to Shitubi’s house to collect the charger.
“I later heard screams of a child coming from the house and when I went, I found our husband lying on the floor with blood coming from his chest,” she said.
When cop Jael Kwamboka, from Mahondo Administration Police Post arrested Shitubi as Mbayi was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. According to autopsy report, the cause of death was a stab wound to the chest.
CS George Magoha Asks School Heads Not To Chase Away Students With Arrears
George Magoh, the Education Cabinet Secretary has urged school headmasters not sack students from school due to school fees arrears.
According to Magoh, before Friday government will drop the school capitation.
The Education Cabinet Secretary speaking at Kisii yesterday said no student will be sent home due to lack of school fees.
Mr George Magoh addressed a gathering at the launch of junior secondary school classrooms phase two at Kereri Girls.
“We are all sailing in the same boat where we are struggling with harsh economic times. The price of basic commodities has gone high and this affects all of us, even at the family level,” he said.
Mr Magoh made an appeal to school headmasters to use available resources to make sure that students remain in school.
“We have school feeding programmes in day schools, let us support those critical cases stay in school. We must admit the students to school and give parents an opportunity to pay school fees. Those of us who have already cleared paying fees for our children have gone an extra mile to pay fees for other needy cases, which is a welcome move,” he said.
According to him, the capitation programme changed because of the affected school calendar. “President Uhuru and my ministry will work extra hard to ensure that we have released the funds on time,” he said.
Magoha assured that government will soon finish the building of 10,000 junior secondary school classrooms on time.
“We will deliver the classrooms before we leave the office. No money that belongs to our children will go to waste,” he said.
A further 5,000 classrooms will be constructed. He warned private developers who have grabbed land belonging to schools.