“A mother and baby” reproductive health programme, an initiative by a private hospital has earned popularity owing to its impact in the Gusii region.
The programme, under implementation for the third consecutive year and sponsored by Agha Khan hospital, enlisted mothers for public awareness sessions geared towards training them on how to cope with pregnancies, baby delivery, and the health challenges involved.
In one of the sessions at the Kisii branch of the hospital, obstetrician cum gynecologist Dr.Kelvi Mutwiri explained the medics interacted with the mothers and sensitized them on what to expect during pregnancy and childbirth including complications that require surgical operations.
The move was to impart knowledge on the need for mothers to attend prenatal clinics for safe deliveries. Over 200 expectant mothers were handled per month to detect and dress early for any complications.
Florence Musyimi, Agha khan hospital Kisii branch manager observed that training the mothers on what they should expect in their newborn babies among other childbirth experiences instills confidence in them.
She cited elevated blood pressure levels and diabetes as some of the health complications associated with pregnancies that mothers should be made aware of.
A mother and participant Mercy Kerubo,commended the programme and the medics for their facilitation.
She observed some mothers might not be conversant with handling newborns including breastfeeding them, hence the education to enlighten them.
BY MUSA MARANGA