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County vows to help women with multiple births

 Kakamega County Woman Representative Elsie Muhanda. [Samson Wire, Standard]

Kakamega Woman Representative Elsie Muhanda is in talks with MCAs to pass a law to cater for mothers giving birth to more than two babies at once.

Ms Muhanda noted that such women face many challenges and require special care before and after delivery.

"Such deliveries come with huge responsibilities. The mothers need a lot of support and care. Keeping the babies in incubators is an expensive affair. We must offer them moral support too," she said.

She said that the law will push for such mothers not to pay any hospital fees.

"I am looking at a law that will cater for their free delivery, treatment and supply of post-birth requirements until their newborn is out of danger," she said.

Bunyala Central Ward rep Benjamin Were said they were ready to pass the law.

"We want the law since it will guarantee the well-being of such mothers and their children," he said.

This comes barely a week after a couple from Nakuru county lost their five babies.

The quintuplets (four girls and a boy), born at 25 weeks, were under incubation at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital.

The mother of the quintuplets had undergone Cesarean Section to save her life and her children's.

Last June, Alice Khasiala from Ikolomani constituency Kakamega county delivered quadruplets at the Kakamega County Referral Hospital via C-section.

The 36-year-old woman gave birth to four boys but spent a lot of money while undergoing medical attention.

Two years ago, Everlyn Namukhula from Navakholo, mother of quintuplets born at Kakamega county Referral Hospital, died a month after delivering five children.

Two of her boys also died.

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