‘’Most of our girls getting pregnant before finishing their education, which has demoralized them giving up in life.’’ She said.

Story/Tony Wafula

Pregnant women in Mt Elgon have raised complains on lack of health facilities and those available are very far away.

The expectant mothers said it was a challenge for them because of the distance they have to cover to access them hence forcing many of them to abandon attending anti natal care services.

Speaking on May, 15, during the handing over of hand washing containers and liquid soap from Rotary International, Winrose Chemosi a resident of Cheptais village stated that womena lways find it difficult to access medical services at Cheptais Sub-county hospital.

She said that many of them come from Akamrogo, Cheptandan and Lwandeny which are poorly drained.

“Cheptais Sub-county hospital is the only hospital that we depend on for emergency cases, I call upon Rotary international, the county government, the ministry of health and other well-wishers to intervene and help us build more healthy facilities in Mt.Elgon which must be close to residents,’’ she said.

She added that the major problem facing young girls in Mt.Elgon is early pregnancy, calling on health professionals to intervene and help solve the persistent problem.

‘’Most of our girls getting pregnant before finishing their education, which has demoralized them giving up in life.’’ She said.

She urged the ministry of health to assist in providing mobile clinics in Mt.Elgon, adding that some residents come from the top of the mountain where even a motorbike cannot access.

‘’During this heavy rains many of our expectant Mothers die on the way while trying to access medical services at Cheptais Sub-county hospital,’’ she said.

Fredrick Ndiema, Cheptais Sub-county hospital administrator says Mount Elgon residents don’t have clean water for domestic use calling on Rotary international and other well-wishers to intervene and help in providing water tanks at specific places.

‘’During this global pandemic Covid-19 we need clean water for domestic use because the main way to help in combating this pandemic is to wash hands, if dirty water continues staging it will lead to another outbreak here in Mount Elgon,’’ He said.

He observed that Cheptais Sub-county health facility is in need of many structures; male wards, maternity wards, x-ray machine and digital laboratory which will help in providing better services to combat early deaths among expectant Mothers.

‘’We only depend on Bungoma County Referral Hospital for emergency medical services but from here to Bungoma is very far, we have lost many people because of transportation problem.’’ he said.

His sentiments were echoed by Peter Mudanya, president of Rotary club Bungoma Magharibi also Pacis insurance company manager Bungoma Branch who said that the water tank they have provided will serve purposely to help the incoming patients to wash their hands saying that it’s the only sure way of battling the Covid-19.

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