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Trans Nzoia County’s First Lady Advocates for Enhanced Care for Patients with Life-Threatening Illnesses

Trans Nzoia County’s First Lady Advocates for Enhanced Care for Patients with Life-Threatening Illnesses

Mrs. Lilian Natembeya, the First Lady of Trans Nzoia County, has called for heightened awareness and improved care for individuals grappling with life-threatening illnesses.

Trans Nzoia County’s First Lady, Mrs. Lilian Natembeya, has emphasized the urgent need for heightened awareness and improved care for individuals grappling with life-threatening illnesses. Addressing attendees at the inauguration of a training program for Community Health Promoters (CHPs) specializing in palliative care, Mrs. Natembeya underscored the critical role of community engagement in addressing the challenges faced by patients and their families.

Mrs. Natembeya lamented the unfortunate reality faced by many patients, recounting instances where individuals were not found during home care visits due to seeking alternative treatments or being abandoned by their families. This poignant observation underscores the importance of dispelling myths and misinformation surrounding chronic illnesses and fostering a supportive environment for those in need.

Acknowledging the gravity of the situation, Mrs. Natembeya called for collaborative efforts between the county government and relevant stakeholders to confront the escalating prevalence of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and hypertension. Through initiatives like the Hospice Care Kenya (HCK) program, which involves training 100 CHPs across the county, she aims to empower grassroots-level caregivers with the necessary skills to provide compassionate and holistic care to patients in their communities.

In addition to advocating for palliative care, Mrs. Natembeya highlighted her commitment to supporting school feeding programs in partnership with KAPO Africa, benefiting vulnerable students in select schools across the county. This multifaceted approach underscores her dedication to addressing pressing health and social welfare challenges facing the community.

Echoing Mrs. Natembeya’s sentiments, Esther Jerenga, the Trans Nzoia County palliative care coordinator, emphasized the pivotal role of CHPs in bridging the gap between communities and healthcare facilities. Their training encompasses vital aspects of palliative care, ranging from patients’ rights and effective communication to grief management and spiritual considerations, equipping them with the tools to offer comprehensive support to patients and their families.

The training session, presided over by esteemed healthcare professionals including Dr. Stephine Gichana, Lilian Lusaba, Twayla Asami, Betty Baraza, and Kennedy Shitoti, received accolades for its success in empowering over 100 CHPs with the requisite knowledge and skills. As the demand for palliative care continues to rise, collaborative efforts with partners are essential to extend the program’s reach and ensure that all individuals facing life-threatening illnesses receive the compassionate care they deserve.

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