Trans Nzoia County government to strengthen Palliative Care

Trans Nzoia county government’s Health Chief executive Committee member Claire Wanyama addressing stakeholders during the commemoration of the Hospice and Palliative care week at the Kitale County hospital grounds. Photo/Courtesy

The county government of Trans Nzoia has committed to strengthen palliative health care for patients with life-threatening illness through capacity building and increased funding.

Palliative care prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psycho-social or spiritual.

“The county government will cater for training of health personnel who wish to be placed under the palliative care system to boost Universal health care,” said the area Health Chief executive Committee member Claire Wanyama.

The CEC said the county government will work around the clock to ensure the health personnel work in a better environment while discharging their duties.

She called on residents to enroll for NHIF cover to fully benefit from the service which was established in the county in 2015. It has benefited several patients with the number growing from an initial 28 to 300.

The Kitale County Hospital’s medical superintendent Dr. Sammy Masibo challenged residents to make use of the service which is free to conduct periodic screening for the life threatening diseases.

“Early detection of these diseases is critical in containing them in time. The team of healthcare providers under this system goes an extra mile to reach out to patients in their residential places,” said Dr. Masibo.

Healthcare providers within the region who offer the service said they incorporate Home based care to some of the patients who are grounded in their homesteads.

Emmah Kimungui who is a Clinical officer in the Palliative care department said the team faces a host of challenges when traveling to the grassroots level to offer healthcare even beyond Trans Nzoia County.

“We go through a lot just to make sure that the patients receive quality medical attention. Sometimes we resort to the use of motorcycles since some of the roads are impassable during the rainy season,” said Ms Kimungui.