Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the effectiveness of the health sector depends heavily on the role of midwives and nurses in health facilities.
Kagwe was speaking on Wednesday at the launch of the Alliance of Nurses and Midwives, a platform that brings together all nurses and midwives across the country to facilitate professional growth in healthcare practice.
The Alliance, Kagwe, said it will also serve as an investment to achieve universal health coverage across the country, as nurses and midwives play the essential preventive and monitoring role of primary health care.
This includes prevention, early detection, and the provision of support for short-term conditions like pregnancy and long-term chronic conditions like diabetes, among others.
“Nurses and midwives are an essential cog in the delivery of health services and complement the role of clinical workers and physicians among other actors in the delivery of health care,” said CS Kagwe.
Adding that: “Their actions and statements can therefore determine the extent of patients’ access to health. In light of this vital role, the Alliance of Nurses and Midwives aims to educate and educate members to facilitate a seamless experience in patient and client access to health, which is a fundamental human right. .
The Alliance has already started planning the formulation of a nursing and midwifery services policy and program to profile, specify tasks and classify all levels of nursing and midwifery functions. .
Kenya National Nurses Association President Alfred Obengo said the launch of the Nurses and Midwives Platform in Kenya marks a critical step in the quest to elevate the role of nursing service providers. frontline health.