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The portable handheld ultrasound device is designed to help primary healthcare workers estimate gestational age, better plan and manage pregnancies.

Maternal and Newborn Health Initiative Unveiled

By Irene Gaitirira
Published October 23, 2018

The portable handheld ultrasound device is designed to help primary healthcare workers estimate gestational age, better plan and manage pregnancies.A local government in western Kenya has announced a new maternal and newborn health initiative that will see an estimated 7 000 women receive their first ultrasound screening during their current pregnancy in the next nine months.

The programme, that is offered by the County Government of Kisumu in collaboration with General Electric (GE), shall provide equipment, training and advisory support to the county’s health sector.

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So far, the County government says 12 nurses and clinical officers have each received more than 70 hours of training on the use of GE Healthcare’s portable handheld ultrasound device designed to help primary healthcare workers estimate gestational age, plan and manage pregnancies, and conduct examinations that may result in the early detection of potentially life-threatening pregnancy complications.

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“Our Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Strategy seeks to strengthen the health provision chain from the family level to the referral facilities. These easy to use equipment and the training will go a long way in equipping the maternal health providers at the lower level facilities with the requisite tools to support the management of maternal health especially prenatal and newborn management,” Dr Rosemary Obara, who is in charge of Health and Sanitation in Kisumu, says.

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