Right to Health

“… At present the County is progressively rehabilitating all existing hospitals and healthcare centres in the County. It has established a well-functioning health centre in each rural settlement or in cluster of neighbouring rural settlements. This is in addition to providing mobile health services in mobile rural population dispersed over a large area with poor infrastructure.

In addition, the County has been able to provide air ambulance services, Subsidize health services for poor and vulnerable groups, ensure the provision of free, quality Primary Health Care services and ensure free medication (with essential drugs) for pregnant women during pregnancy, labour and delivery”

The right to Health is the state of physical, mental and social well-being and does not only mean an absence of illness or disease. This right is closely linked to other fundamental human rights, most notably access to potable water and adequate hygiene.

With regard to children this rights means timely access to appropriate health services. Prevention plays an essential role in maintaining public health, particularly children’s health. While efforts to address Mother to Child health are underway in Kenya in Garissa County MCH remains a challenge.

Health indicators in the County are very poor, particularly for women and children, with high maternal, infant and child mortality, high levels of acute malnutrition, and low immunization coverage.

The health service infrastructure is particularly poor, with few and scattered health facilities staffed by inadequate numbers of personnel. Distances to referral facilities are usually much longer, on poorer roads, than in other parts of the country. Poor facilities are also a major cause of ill-health, particularly in unplanned urban areas.

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