Health PS Peter Tum hails free maternity as births hit 1.2 million

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu laying of the foundation stone for a construction at Githunguri Level 4 hospital, Friday May 25, 2018. /COURTESY
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu laying of the foundation stone for a construction at Githunguri Level 4 hospital, Friday May 25, 2018. /COURTESY

The number of deliveries has reached a high of 1.27 million annually with the advent of the free maternity programme, Health PS Peter Tum said on Friday.

He said the free maternity program, which was dubbed Linda Mama, has seen the number of deliveries increase from the 600,323 recorded in 2013.

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Linda Mama seeks to improve access and quality of maternal, new born and child health care services in the country.

It is being implemented in line with the goal of attaining Kenya’s Vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

"This and other health programs implemented by MoH has led to major improvement in child and maternal health, reduction in HIV prevalence and HIV related deaths," PS Tum said.

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"The Ministry of Health is supporting implementation of Reproductive, Maternal Neonatal Child Adolescent Health (RMNCAH), HIV/AIDS,TB and malaria programs to contribute towards achievement of Universal Health Coverage," the PS said in Kiambu.

He accompanied First Lady Margaret Kenyatta for the laying of the foundation stone for a construction at Githunguri Level 4 hospital.