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Daily Nation : February 24th 2014
8 | National News MATERNITY | Fast child mortality reduction rates recorded Hospitals warned against delivery fee Free maternity covers Caesarean Section, ICU and renal dialysis BY MARYANNE GICOBI @MaryanneGicobi email@example.com are unable to deliver children normally have been put on notice. In a statement to news- P rooms, Health cabinet secretary James Macharia said the funds allocated for free maternity programme covered even Caesarean Section, those who end up in Intensive Care Unit and those undergoing a renal dialysis. “From the cost analysis that we did when allocating funds for free maternity service, the reimbursement of the 80 per cent of the normal deliveries compensates for the complicated cases,” said Mr Macharia in the statement. ublic hospitals introducing fees to mothers who get complications and ‘‘ Reimbursement of 80 per cent compensates for complications” Health cabinet secretary James Macharia The government through the ministry of health released Sh1.7 billion to health facilities in December 2013. “This amount has led to increase of deliveries conducted in public health facilities,” said Mr Macharia adding that his ministry was working to address other barriers apart from cost like socio-cultural beliefs, lack of male involvement, transport and infrastructure that hinder access to skilled delivery. Last week, Nyamira County introduced Sh600 maternity fees in their public hospitals, reversing the Jubilee government directive to offer the services for free. At the same time, Mr Mach- aria said Kenya has recorded the fastest child mortality reduction rates in the region in the past 10 years. Mr Macharia said the mile- stone was achieved through the growth in the immunisation coverage for children under the age of five. “The proportion of children that have been immunised against communicable diseases has risen from 64 percent to 82 per cent.” Mr Macharia said from July, children under five are to be vaccinated against rota virus that causes diarrhoea. The World Health Organisation has identified the virus as a top killer among children, and through the programme, the government hopes to reduce the local mortality rates. DAILY NATION Monday February 24, 2014 Two bodies retrieved from well BY NATION CORRESPONDENTS The bodies of two men who died in a well at Nyahera in Kisumu county were finally pulled out yesterday. Mr Moses Ouma, 34, had been asked by the owner of the 60-foot well, Ms Ethel Alego, to clean it up and remove a bucket that had fallen inside at about 10am on Saturday. He however went silent a few minutes after he entered the well. The second man, Mr Zacharia Pombo, 35, entered the well in an attempt to rescue Mr Ouma.. “We tried to call him (Ouma) but he did not respond. We then raised the alarm, which prompted villagers to come,” said Ms Alego. How much for the rescue “After a crowd had gathered, a young man (Pombo) asked how much I would pay him if he rescued Ouma,” she said. Locals tied a rope around his TOM OTIENO | NATION A police officer at the scene where the bodies of two men were retrieved from a well in Dago Thim Village, Kisumu County. The two died after they tried to retrieve a plastic jerrican from a 60 feet deep well for a fee on Saturday. waist and he went down the well. But after some time, there was a thud and Mr Pombo could neither respond nor hold on to a rope that was lowered to help bring him up. Area police boss Peter Omanwa said a rescue operation by his officers was called off on Saturday night due to lack of breathing equipment, but yesterday locals insisted the bodies must be retrieved.
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