The newborn unit at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital has received equipment from Safaricom Foundation to improve service delivery. The equipment includes infant incubators, phototherapy machines and cardiac monitors which will be used in the ward and intensive care unit. The facilities were provided at a cost of Kshs.10 million.
The healthcare boost will increase the capacity of the newborn unit to offer treatment to more than one hundred infants. It will serve Uasin Gishu County and referrals from its neighbours. “Safaricom Foundation’s efforts to enable access to maternal healthcare do not only concern women but also infants,” said Rita Okuthe, trustee, Safaricom Foundation. “Our children’s future can be secured by providing quality healthcare right at the beginning of their lives to prevent infant mortality,” she added.
Maternal and new born programme
Meanwhile at Moiben Sub-County hospital, Safaricom Foundation equipped the maternity wing with ward beds, delivery beds, furniture and assorted maternity equipment worth Kshs.5 million. The equipping of the two centres is part of the foundation’s maternal and newborn health programme, launched in Lamu last year. The foundation has set aside Kshs.132 million for three years to promote maternal, newborn and child health services around the country. So far, it has opened a newborn unit at Faza sub-county hospital and maternal shelter in Witu, both in Lamu County. In July last year, it partnered with Mombasa County to equip the maternal high dependency unit at the Coast Provincial General Hospital.