Lamu, KENYA: Lamu governor Issa Timamy has urged women in the county to give birth to more children in order to increase the county’s population.
Speaking during the official opening of the Mkunumbi and Sinambio dispensaries in Mpeketoni on Monday,Timamy said the health sector in Lamu was doing well and so he saw no reason why women shouldn’t increase their reproduction rates.
Timamy said the county had put up over 20 dispensaries all over the county all of which have attached modern maternity wings that have been equipped with modern maternity equipment and thus urged women to embrace hospital deliveries, to enable them deliver safely and have any arising emergencies promptly dealt with.
The governor has also promised a Sh.10,000 cash reward for the first woman to deliver at the newly opened Mkunumbi and Sinambio dispensaries.
The new dispensaries bring to over 20, the number of dispensaries put up by the county government while many others have been rehabilitated and upgraded.
Timamy said his administration was keen to ensure locals get the required health care closer to where they live.
Over Sh.200 Million has been used to improve health care infrastructure all over the county.
Timamy said over 200 health officers among the doctors,nurses,specialists and counselors have been employed to improve service delivery.
He said for development to be achieved, there was need for key sectors like the health,education and road sectors to be improved even more.
“The county has adequate resources and can manage a population more than what we have.People should give birth to more children so that we can grow our population.As w open this two dispensaries,we are urging women to come and deliver in this facilities since we have ensured all dispensaries have maternity wings.The first women to deliver in these new facilities will get a cash reward of Sh.10,000,” said Timamy.
He called for peace and tolerance ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
County health executive Mohamed Kombo said,the county in concerted efforts with the national government had improved infrastructure in the three major hospitals in Lamu including the King Fahad,Mpeketoni and Faza hospitals.
Kombo said the move to set up health centres all across the county had greatly helped to reduce patient traffic at the Lamu King Fahad hospital.