Hundreds dying in nurses’ strike

From MARIA MACHARIA
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – A prolonged strike by Kenyan nurses is gravely impacting on the provision of health and nutrition services in the disease-afflicted and drought-prone country.
Between 50 percent to 80 percent of health facilities are non-operational in six drought-affected counties since June in the East African country, resulting in serious detrimental effects
In Turkana and Garissa counties, dramatic declines in immunization rates from 80 percent in January – May to 30 percent in June – July have been reported.
Ante-natal care attendance has dropped from 40 percent to 10 percent while skilled birth attendance dropped from 60 percent to 30 percent.
In Turkana, 85 of 228 (about 40 percent) of health facilities are operating at bare minimum level, run by clinical officers or patient attendants.
Only 20 of 119 health facilities are operational, all of them being faith-based organisation facilities.
In Samburu, only 17 of 69 health facilities are operational.
In West Pokot 13 of 72 health facilities are open while in Baringo 43 out of 205 health facilities are operational.
Rural health facilities are affected differently across counties.
Since 2014, Kenya has experienced two waves of cholera outbreaks across 31 out of 47 counties.
Some 270 deaths have been reported from 18 000 outbreaks.
More than 30 people have died from the water borne disease this year while over 100 000 children aged under five suffer severe acute malnutrition.
The United Nations projected flash flooding and cholera to worsen in the coming months coinciding with political tensions from a disputed election.
CAJ News
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