The County Department of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with Kenyatta University, has evaluated phase one of the Point-of-Care Ultrasound machine (POCUS) utilisation project.
The findings from selected health facilities revealed that expectant mothers seeking Antenatal Care (ANC) services were increasingly understanding the importance of ultrasound in basic obstetrics.
It was noted they were frequently requesting the examinations.
The project involved the training of healthcare workers and the provision of 46 POCUS machines to strengthen the diagnostic capacity in ultrasound within lower-level health facilities.
The Deputy Director for Clinical Services, Dr Yvonne Musa, articulated plans for broadening the project’s scope by extending it to additional facilities to enhance maternal healthcare services.
The Kenyatta University representative, Dr. George Otieno, emphasized not only the urgent need to cater to the high demand for ultrasound services in lower-level facilities but also to capacity-build healthcare workers.
After this evaluation, the second phase of the project will focus on training additional mentors, or POCUS champions, to train other staff members on effective POCUS device usage.