- The move seeks to boost access to quality and affordable healthcare services.
- The oxygen coverage in Embu county stands at 25 per cent with two oxygen plants.
Patients in various health facilities in Embu county will benefit from a reliable supply of oxygen.
This is after the county received oxygen support in the latest collaboration between the Ministry of Health, Amref Health Africa and the Global Fund.
The move, which seeks to boost access to quality and affordable healthcare services has seen the county receive 263 new oxygen cylinders, 20 oxygen splitters, 10 patient monitors as well as oxygen piping and manifold in eight facilities.
“Oxygen coverage in Embu county stands at 25 per cent with two plants available,” Health executive Francis Ndwiga said.
“We are pleased to be part of this project, which will improve access to medical oxygen and bring hope to our people.”
The World Health Organization acknowledges that oxygen is an essential medicine, used to care for patients at all levels of the healthcare system. This includes in surgery, trauma, heart failure, asthma, pneumonia and maternal and child care.
“Pneumonia alone accounts for 800,000 deaths per year. It is estimated that 20 to 40 per cent of these deaths could be prevented with the availability of oxygen therapy,” WHO says.
The demand for oxygen has further been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic which has seen more patients admitted to health facilities.
WHO estimates that the need has increased to 1.1 million cylinders in low to middle-income countries alone.
This saw Kenyans pay more for oxygen as the price shot up due to increased demand. Patients in ICU would sometimes need up to three cylinders a day.
Article first published on https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/realtime/2023-01-18-embu-patients-to-benefit-from-medical-equipment-boost/