The newborn unit and a maternity ward at the Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital have been renovated and equipped courtesy of Safaricom Foundation and the County Government of Mombasa.
The renovated newborn unit is set to benefit over forty infants daily who need care and treatment at the referral hospital. It is the first ever neonatal high dependency unit in the hospital. By the same token, the maternity ward will benefit twenty mothers daily.
“As Safaricom Foundation, we are advocating for access to maternal, newborn and child health services. One of the ways we are doing this is by giving infrastructure support to facilitate the provision and improvement of health care services,” said, Rita Okuthe, Safaricom Foundation Trustee.
The newborn unit has also been partitioned into different sections which include the doctors’ offices and the incubation room as well as the baby cot section. Moreover, an acoustic ceiling has been constructed and extensive paintwork done.
The County Government of Mombasa has equipped the newborn unit with assorted equipment such as incubators, baby warmers, baby cots, resuscitaires and ward beds at a cost of Kshs. 9 million.