Baringo County has suffered malaria outbreak in the past few years and August, 2019 formed part of the statistic. A team of medical personnel from RockHealth Integrated Care Org steered by Dr. Hakeem Kiboi and Juma Theophilus constituted the team that staged the timely response.
RICO, Hope Citadel Foundation, Operation Blessing and Dr. Mbai, constituted a formidable partnership which eventually led to attributable success of the Field Hospitals set up at several stations. The activities of the engagement added to the concerted efforts targeted at improving primary health care in the county.
Some of the areas that were hard-hit by the epidemic included East Pokot’s Kapunyany, Sugut, Embositit, Kongor, Chesawach and Kulal. The areas are engulfed in a tough terrain that is poorly accessible by road.
The medical team comprising of professionals from different health disciplines was received at Tangulbei by the Health Administrator, Mr Nakopir and later dispatched to Paka Hills where patients had been mobilised. Antimalarials amongst other assorted medication were left at the local dispensary at Tangulbei to facilitate it further. Mosquito nets were distributed by Operation Blessing International.
On the second day, the team traveled to Chemolingot Level 4 Hospital where Mrs Jane Serich, the East Pokot Health Administrator received the team. Pharmaceuticals were donated by the team. Mrs Jane received antimalarials on behalf of the county for distribution to healthcare facilities in East Pokot. The team thereafter, made it to Kapunyany where approximately 800 patients were attended to, being able to provide diagnosis and treatment of acute illnesses including tropical diseases and malaria.
The third day saw the same team in Embositit where more patients streamed in in the morning before the team left the area. By this time, mosquito nets had been distributed to Sugut and Embositit.
Some pharmaceuticals were donated to Rotu Community Health Unit. Rotu Community Health Unit was the first checkpoint during the first malaria response RICO made in Baringo County, 2017 and since then, the health facility has been open without closure and is supporting thousands of community members from Rotu, Kongor and Kulal.
In its growing capacity to serve Kenyan citizens, RockHealth Integrated Care Org is determined to continue exploring ways of improving primary health care in the area so that epidemiological data is developed, analyzed and utilized in decision making as well as in instituting an appropriate public health response.