Protect 1800 people on Kokwa Island from Malaria

by Network for Ecofarming in Africa
Protect 1800 people on Kokwa Island from Malaria
Protect 1800 people on Kokwa Island from Malaria
Protect 1800 people on Kokwa Island from Malaria
Protect 1800 people on Kokwa Island from Malaria
Protect 1800 people on Kokwa Island from Malaria
Protect 1800 people on Kokwa Island from Malaria
Protect 1800 people on Kokwa Island from Malaria
Protect 1800 people on Kokwa Island from Malaria
Protect 1800 people on Kokwa Island from Malaria
Protect 1800 people on Kokwa Island from Malaria

 

We are happy to report that our nurses in the country resumed their duties in November after very long striking period.  However Kokwa Island community has not been fully relieved as they still don’t have a permanent nurse.  The County Government is yet to complete the new dispensary in the Island and employ a permanent nurse to serve the community.  At the moment they have not communicated to the dispensary management committee to update them on the way forward and we only hope that they will address the issues early 2018 so as the community to start enjoying the services from the Island as they have been getting most of the services outside the Island which has been very challenging as not all community members have able to meet the costs to travel to the mainland.  We are so grateful for the support given in the year 2017 by all our well-wishers who have generously been contributing to this project.  With the funds received through global giving community, we have been able to support some of the community members in funding their medication and especially those with serious cases and required further medication from outside the Island.  We have been able to support some of them seek medication in Nakuru and Kabarnet which are further from the Island. We remain optimistic that 2018 will be more successful and the community will continue benefiting.  We sincerely thank everybody for the success in 2017 and invite all to walk with us the journey in 2018.  Thank you very much and we wish you prosperous New Year 2017 full of Blessings.

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In Kenya nurses have been on strike since July and Kokwa community has been extremely affected as there is nobody else to attend to them on their health issues since they don’t have any doctor or a clinical officer in the Island.  This has been a big blow to this community as they have to hire boats to the mainland for the services and majority cannot afford the cost of transport thus giving them no other options apart from using herbs for their medication.  Expectant mothers have been delivering in their small huts with very poor hygiene.  Elderly women have been assisting them during the process although not always especially if it is during the night when they cannot walk in the hilly and rough terrains in the Island and the mothers have no options but deliver without any support.  Those with serious cases have been going to Kampi Samaki or Marigat when the cases are very serious.  With the support that we have been receiving through global giving, we have been supporting the very serious cases to go for medication in Marigat and Nakuru.   We have supported 4 students who had very serious cases and required urgent medication.  We have also supported the community members also with serious health issues and required further medication.  For the new dispensary it’s very disappointing as it has not been finished yet even after the county government promised the community to have the dispensary operating by now.  They are yet to do the finishes, wiring, stocking and employing a permanent nurse in the Island.  The County has a new governor and other officials after August general election and the community hopes that the new management in the county will speed up and fulfill their promises they gave the community during campaigns before the elections.  We thank all our well-wishers for their generosity and request them to consider supporting this community especially on health issues as we wait for the county government to take the relevant actions.  In our small ways we will continue supporting the community especially now that they cannot access health services in the Island. 

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New Kokwa dispensary is yet to be in use as the County government has not stocked the dispensary and employing a permanent nurse to serve the community.  The old dispensary is still operational although not on daily basis as it should due to unavailability of the nurse.  Since the volunteer nurse left the Island, the community is served when the other nurse is available.  This has been a challenge since those who requires daily services cannot access them as they should and due to inadequate resources they cannot afford to travel to Marigat.  Although currently nurses are on strike, this community is suffering a lot.  The community had high hopes that by now the dispensary will be operational but that has not been the case.  The County Government keep promising them but without quick actions.  We are grateful to our well-wishers and donors through global giving as we have been able to support the very serious cases with the funds that we have received.  We thank them for their kind contribution and we request them to continue supporting this community.  We have also conducted internal workshops with the school girls on hygiene, sex and reproduction topics.  We realize that these are among the topics that are not discussed in the community and they are negatively affecting the school going boys and girls and we wish to conduct many more to the larger Kokwa community.  We have had cases of school dropout for the girls due to unwanted pregnancy and early marriages.  We thank everybody who has given a hand towards success of this needy community.  We appreciate your efforts and we urge you to continue supporting the needy in the society.

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I take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all well -wishers who have contributed towards Kokwa community.  Community in Kokwa Island deserves to be supported by all means and we are happy for those who have considered supporting them in various ways.  We are happy to report that the County Government has embarked on completion of the dispensary, at the moment it has been roofed and plastered and they are doing final internal finishes.  The next stage will be stocking and staffing for it to be operational the community rate the County Government pace as very slow and feel that the process is taking too long.

  Necofa and other well-wishers have been supporting the volunteer nurse by providing monthly allowances but the contract is now over and at the moment not in a position to pay the nurse.  Currently the dispensary is closed and the community is being faced by a very serious problem but we hope the issue will be solved soon.  The volunteer nurse reported that cases of water borne diseases have been high and this is caused by use of raw water lake.  Since the area is very rocky, the community has very few latrines and most of them use bushes along the lake shore as the latrines and when it rains it’s drained into the lake resulting into increase of water borne diseases.  This is another intervention that we feel that Kokwa community need to be sensitized on and supported to dig pit latrines for good hygiene and their health. 

Malaria cases have reduced after the community learnt the importance of using mosquito nets and early this year they received mosquito nets from World Health Organization (WHO) and we have been contributing some mosquito nets with donors’ contribution.  On behalf of the Kokwa community we welcome all our well-wishers and potential donors to extend their support to the community as we continue to improve their health status.  Thank you very much.

Current status of the Kokwa dispensary
Current status of the Kokwa dispensary
New Kokwa dispensary
New Kokwa dispensary
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Kokwa community once again is disappointed as the county government did not keep promise as earlier promised.  They had hoped that the dispensary will be in operational as from October as the promise was but to their surprise less has been done towards finishing, stocking and staffing the dispensary to serve the need community in Kokwa Island.  The volunteer nurse is working hard to assist the community which involves her walking through the rocky terrain during the night to assist the mothers delivering babies in their huts.  This has been a challenge since the Island is very rocky, dark and risks attack by the snakes, crocodile’s hippopotamus among other wild animals in the Island.  Most of the families in the Island live in mud grass thatched huts which are very small and shared by all family members therefore not very hygiene for delivery but since the Island does not have an operational maternity at the moment, these mothers have no choice but to deliver in their small huts sometimes without assistant by the nurse or qualified person.  Since they don’t have reliable source of income, they cannot afford to go to Marigat General Hospital where they can get delivery services.  For these and many other health related issues, the community appeals to the County Government and well-wishers to consider finishing, stocking and staffing the dispensary so that they can benefit from the services as it is their right.  The area is very dry at the moment and since they received very little rainfall last year, makes the situation even worse.  It is our hope that the county government will put into consideration Kokwa Community towards health issues and improve the current status.  We thank all the well-wishers who have considered supporting the community and we look forward to more support in this New Year. 

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Samuel Muhunyu
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