Vihiga County held its first ever County Health Exhibition between 18th and 19th December 2015. The exhibition was organized by the Department of Health in collaboration with partners working in the County’s health sector. The exhibition that was attended by hundreds of Vihiga County residents was held at the International Village School – Vumilia, in Emuhaya Sub-county.
The event was presided over by the Vihiga County CEC for health – Hon. Zilpha Kageha Adiva, who was accompanied by the Chief Officer for Health, Ms. Lucy Ijali Simiyu and the Acting Director of Health, Dr. Joel Edalia among other County health officials. In her keynote speech, Hon. Kageha reiterated the commitment of the County to continually improve quality of health care services provided, and to ensure that all residents of Vihiga are able to access health care. She also called upon residents to take advantage of the County’s investment in the health sector by ensuring that they avail themselves for health care services whenever in need.
During the two-day exhibition, the Health Department and its partners were able to interact with the community and provide information on the types of health services offered in the County, and to also provide free medical services through a free medical camp. Indeed the free medical camp proved to be very popular and a total of 799 patients were able to receive various health care services. The types of services available included blood pressure checking, random blood sugar testing, malaria diagnosis (MRDT) and HIV counselling and testing.
GIZ Health Sector Proramme is working closely with the Vihiga Health Department, and was honoured to support and participate in the exhibition. GIZ HSP has been providing support to the Vihiga health sector to:
• Strengthen financial management,
• Improve leadership and management,
• Entrench continuous quality management in facilities.
Other partners who participated in the exhibition include KEMSA, PSI, ADS Western Region, Aphia Plus Western Kenya, and Marie Stopes.