Kilifi County Secretary Owen Baya challenged men not to rely on cultural myths but instead participate effectively on matters concerning health in the family in order to ensure quality decisions on reproductive health.
Baya says the county still faces many challenges among families on reproductive health due to lack of proper awareness among men and women, thus risking lives of many mothers and babies alike during births.
Baya added that the county has low indexes in terms of reproductive health because of high level of illiteracy, inaccessibility to health facilities and negative attitude towards reproductive health among locals.
“The county government is now in course of training more community health workers to ensure mothers in the grassroots levels have access to the right information about reproductive health” said Mr Baya when a delegation from University of Al-Azahar Egypt and Imams visited him in his office on Friday.
“The county is set to equip hospitals in a bid to reduce increasing cases of premature deaths , by building more health centers furnished with modern maternity wings and additional health experts in the rural areas to ensure reduction of still births,” added Baya.
The County Chief officer for health Dr. Timothy Malingi, also cited cultural stereotypes, myths and misconceptions about reproduction health among local communities as main challenges to information on reproductive health in the county.