Written by Valerie Bunyasi and Mishi Ziro.
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Several villages of Bungoma South district are going to benefit from a five days sensitization programme on health care after the Ministry of Public health revealed that health standards within the chosen areas are yet to improve.
The sensitization programme which is being organized by the ministry in conjunction with the USAID Aphia Plus organization begun Monday with an aim of training members at the sub-location level to impart knowledge that will be passed to the rest.
The Ministry of public health begun implementing the approach of involving the community in healthcare in 2006 after discovering that was a lot of health matters in the villages that were not improving over time because of the disconnect between the health facilities and the community.
While speaking to the press, the Bungoma South Public Health Officer Mr. John Papai confirmed the ongoing training saying that that the government in conjunction with other stakeholders came up with this idea as a way of improving the health of the community at the grassroots level.
Mr. Papai said that certain members from the community are being selected according to their respective sub-locations then are shortlisted for the training which intends to address issues affecting the public at the village level.
“The members of the community being trained are selected from different sub-location through the chief’s Baraza then they are trained by the community health extension workers for 5 days after which the government provides them with means of transportation to be able to visit different homesteads and address various health issues affecting individual homesteads,” he said.
Areas set to benefit from the exercise in the district are Township, Kanduyi South, Kongoli, Namaranda, Namirembe and Tuti.
“Township, Kanduyi south, Kongoli, Namaranda, Namirembe and Tuti are the areas that are going to benefit from this exercise and once the programme has been completed the information collected would be recorded at the district facilities thus making it easy for the same information to be accessed at the national level.
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