In its continued efforts to improve health service delivery and infrastructure, Lamu County Government has today extended its long-term health care partnership with Safaricom Foundation.
In partnership with the Safaricom Foundation, Lamu County Government has today commissioned the construction of a Maternity High Dependency and Newborn Unit at King Fahd Hospital and a fully equipped Mother and Child Health (MCH) clinic at Mpeketoni Hospital at a cost of Sh11 million and 5.8million, respectively.
The new investments will boost Lamu County Government’s strategy on maternal and neo-natal health services in the County, in line with its social health pillar.
Once operational, within the next three months, the new investments, will help reduce neo-natal mortality rate in Lamu and ease the complications faced by women after birth.
Speaking at the unveil event, Health CECM Dr. Anne Gathoni lauded Safaricom Foundation for building on previous efforts to increase access to maternal, neonatal and improving infrastructure and referral system in the country.
“This partnership is a prime example of private and public sector working together to solve universal health issues affecting Kenyans and Lamu County public for a while, ” said Dr. Gathoni.
According to Safaricom Foundation Trustee Rita Okuthe, under the same initiative, girls aged between 10-19 years across the County will receive free sanitary towels supply for the next 8 months.
Lamu County Government, in its health agenda, under the County Integrated Development Plan(CIPD) 2018, committed to improve access to and quality of health care, utilization of health services and addressing financial protection of the population – through registration of 20,000 households to NHIF and Digitisation of all health services to support quality of care.
20,000 households and their dependents in Lamu are now able to access medical care free of charge through the NHIF card, while Digitisation of health services is ongoing.