Myths still pose a major challenge towards achieving family planning in Kenya, especially in remote areas.

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This is even as the government has been challenged to put more effort towards addressing health challenges facing women and children at the grassroots level.

Dr Elisheba Karenga, from Afya Ya Uzazi Program, says women and children at the grassroots level still face challenges in accessing health services.

Speaking on Wednesday at Ikumbi Health Centre in Kuresoi North sub-county during the International Contraceptives celebrations, Karenga said they are committed to help women achieve health care.

“One of the things we are doing is reaching to them in the society so that they can make informed decisions about family planning,” she said.

With the harsh economic realities facing many Kenyans, Karenga challenged society to start thinking about the various family planning options.

She called on men to also start assisting their wives to go for family planning so that children sired can be able to enjoy their rights.

“We need to embrace family planning so that the children we get we cater for their rights. Men should also play a big role towards realizing this,” she said.

Ego Agere said the county government is committed to ensuring residents enjoy good healthcare

“As a county government, we are committed to providing the highest qualities of healthcare services to all residents. We urge the locals to fully make use of the health care services especially maternal and child health services available” he said in a statement from the county government.

Regina Muthoni, a Community Health Volunteer, said the government has neglected them.

“We are appealing to the government that they be able to assist us even with a little appreciation token. We have children who need to go to school, be fed and other rights,” she said.

Chairman of the Ikumbi Health Facility Zachary Malel called on the County Government to stock the facility.

“We have doctors but some shortage of drugs is a challenge and we call on the county government of Nakuru to ensure that is addressed,” he said.