Inaugration of Community Health Workers in Tharaka Nithi
The Kenya Red Cross Society together with the County Government of Tharaka Nithi on Thursday 7th February 2019 launched the Community Health Strategy (CHS) where over 1000 individuals were commissioned as Community Health Volunteers (CHVs).
KRCS has Trained over 720 Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) and the county government trained 200 CHVs who will help with giving services to over 72 medical centres across Tharaka Nithi county.
Speaking during the launch, Tharaka Nithi governor H.E. Muthomi Njuki commended the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) for their continued support and reliability when it comes to such development based partnership. He mentioned the MoU between the county and KRCS that has enabled them to work closely on many other projects.
“The health of our people is very vital and it is our number one priority. Community health volunteers play a very important role as they are our link to the community. I am happy that through this partnership we are empowering our CHVs and equipping them with necessary resources to undertake their mandate,” Governor Njuki said.
He further reinforced the county’s commitment to achieving universal health coverage (UHV) and recognized the efforts and roles volunteers are playing in the society.
“Through our community health volunteers, we have been able achieve 98 percent immunization of children under the age of two years in the whole of Tharaka Nithi and this is a tremendous achievement,” he added.
Tharaka Nithi county commissioner Beverly Opwora pledged to give the necessary support to the CHVs as they worked towards promoting health in the county and further urged them to be vigilant on other issues that may help improve the lives of county residents.
“I would like to recognize and appreciate the good partnership between the Kenya Red Cross and our county. Having such an event here today is a clear indicator that it’s a partnership we should strive to keep, “ she added.
Kenya Red Cross Secretary General, Dr Abbas gullet who was the guest of honour, said that the Kenya Red Cross Society was committed to training more community health volunteers as it’s a way of strengthening the community systems, which will help us achieve universal health care.
“We have worked with Tharaka Nithi County Government closely for some time now and we are happy that our partnership is changing lives. I urge all the community health volunteers being empowered today to utilize this golden opportunity to empower others and improve the health systems in this county,” Dr Abbas added
The Kenya Red Cross has continued to invest in the roll out of the Community Health strategy as a key way of boosting Primary Health Care services provision and strengthening the resilience of the Health care system. So far the Kenya Red Cross is
supporting 610 Community Units Country wide having engaged 6,135 Community Health Volunteers/Workers.