Setting the Stage for Health Promotion.
Kisumu county has been on the fore front in setting the pace for the entire country when it comes to matters health, just last week, the county was chosen to pioneer a new post pertum hemorrhage treatment.http://thedoctor.co.ke/kisumu-to-pioneer-new-pph-treatment/
Last week , Kisumu County became the first county to establish a Health Promotion Center of Excellence after it was launch by the National Government. This is the first of the six centers to be rolled out nationally.
The Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili was delighted to officiate over the important milestone accompanied by members of the County Health Management Team and partners from the Ministry of Health, USAID, and PS Kenya etc.
The Centre is an observatory for Health Promotion Intelligence in both physical which boasts of resources such as books, reports and journals while the digital formats consists of computer equipment, a dedicated Health Promotion page with links to the other official website of the County Government of Kisumu and ancillary Social Media Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
When finally established, the observatory will provide a working space as well as a comprehensive repository of Health Promotion reference materials for all County Personnel, Stakeholders, Students and Partners working or studying and even the general Public.
In his remarks, the Deputy Governor mentioned that as a County and in line with the Governor’s commitment, health and well-being is core to the agenda.
“We are improving the quality of health systems so that everyone in Kisumu County can have a chance to secure adequate healthcare”. He said.
Health promotion is very important as a link that creates a bridge between the creator and the user in any health initiative and so we must build bridges in the health sector in order to pass on useful information.
He said being the first Center of excellence in the Country, it will be a model for other counties and we must therefore set and maintain the highest standards adding that the county will provide the necessary infrastructure and is cognizant of the limitations of the current location and will seek ways to ensure it is accessible to all including the special groups.
Also present was CEO for PS Kenya Joyce Wanderi, Dr. Athanasius Ochieng from the National Health Promotion Unit and County Assembly Committee Chair on Health, Housing and Sanitation Hon. Vincent Jagongo.
The Centre of Excellence located on the Sixth (6th) Floor of Prosperity House is a collaborative project between the County Government of Kisumu and the USAID who funded Health Communication & Marketing (HCM) project.
By Nyadimu Festo