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A total of 160 Primary Care Networks (PCNs) have been set up across Kenya, with 41 more in progress. This means that currently, 87 per cent of the counties have at least one operational PCN, a move aimed at improving the delivery of primary healthcare services.

The networks integrate various levels of healthcare delivery and coordinate multidisciplinary health teams to ensure comprehensive and coordinated care. The Ministry of Health has reported achievements of the PCNs, including increased coverage and access in counties like Garissa and Vihiga.

In Garissa and Vihiga, Family Planning integration coverage increased from 66 per cent in 2019 to 87 per cent in 2022, and skilled deliveries rose from 77 per cent to 98 per cent in Garissa.

Innovative approaches have also been adopted, such as the use of drones for commodity distribution in Kisumu to improve the timely delivery of medical supplies to remote areas. In Kwale, household obstetric ultrasound assessments have been implemented to enhance prenatal care and early detection of complications.

The Ministry of Health has developed an electronic community health information system (e-CHIS) to improve real-time data availability and accuracy, supporting better decision-making and resource allocation.

“Primary Healthcare is the cornerstone of the healthcare system, providing essential health services that are universally accessible to individuals and families in the community,” said the PS Public Health, Mary Muthoni.

The ministry has also trained 248 Master Trainers to support the counties in setting up and effectively functioning their PCNs.

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