The government has been urged to work together with Private Partnership to eradicate the number of death that is caused by pneumonia where 9000 died of the decease annually in Kenya due to lack of proper nutrition or low concentration of oxygen in the blood.
Speaking while commemorating World Pneumonia day in Kiambu cabinet Assistance Secretary for Health Mercy Mwangangi , said there is a need to work in partnership with development partners in order to scale down the rate of deaths that can be preventable to our children below the age of 5 years. She, however, said that the government is investing heavily in health saying Kenya is a signatory for the global action plan in preventing pneumonia and diarrhea. The CAS said through Multi-Sectoral collaboration and high impact intervention will support in eradicating child deaths.
Kiambu Governor James Nyoro said his administration in health has demonstrated a milestone in the pediatrics unit where Children with Pneumonia are taken care of saying last year a total of 3000 children were treated for pneumonia and out of the number 131 succumbed to the disease.
The Development Partners, Living Goods, Path and Save the Children led by Jane Mutua said they are piloting implementation research linking community management of acute malnutrition to CCM which has the potential to maximize the synergy of the intervention and improve the efficiency of resource utilization. She further said to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and promote completion of the vaccination schedule, reduce indoor pollution.
Ken Ogendo of Living Goods in his remarks said millions of children continue to die every year from preventable causes.
In Kenya, the death of children under five remains high with pneumonia as a leading cause of death accounting for 15% of deaths according to 2018 statistics. In the majority of cases (67%), timely access to care is a challenge with many caregivers seeking care when it’s too late to save the sick child leading to needless deaths.
We commit to the declaration that will be signed here today- a commitment to achieving unprecedented levels of collaboration to reduce child pneumonia deaths to the global target outlined in the Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GAPDD) of less than 3 per 1000 births, and to fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) promise to end all preventable child deaths”
Clinton Health Access Initative handed over 200 Pulse Oximeters to the County that would be measuring and indicating the level of oxygen once a child in fixed at.