Kenya vows to prioritize health of patients amid COVID-19

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“Proponents of the New Paradigm in Africa have a new milestone to celebrate, with the opening of a new segment of the Mombasa-Kisumu Standard Gauge Rail (SGR) line in Kenya. On October 16, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta led a celebration to open Segment 2A, a 120 kilometer (75 mile) extension from the capital (and current terminus) of Nairobi, to Naivasha, a large town northwest of the capital. Opening of this—admittedly rather short—segment nonetheless brings the SGR project one step closer to its planned destination: Kampala, the capital city of neighboring, landlocked Uganda.”

Kenya marked the World Patient Safety Day on Friday by vowing to prioritize quality care for patients, safe maternal and newborn care amid disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rashid Aman, Health Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health, lauded the country’s free maternity program for improving the quality of care and access to skilled deliveries.

Aman said the number of pregnant women accessing skilled delivery services increased from 65 percent in the year 2018/2019 to 78.5 percent in the year 2020/2021.

“These achievements were realized because of key government and stakeholder initiatives,” he said during celebrations held in Nairobi, according to a statement issued by the ministry.

The World Patient Safety Day is a global event to enhance global understanding of patient safety, increase public engagement in the safety of health care and promote global actions to enhance patient safety and reduce patient harm. Enditem

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