SAFARICOM, LAMU COUNTY IN MATERNAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP



SAFARICOM, LAMU COUNTY IN MATERNAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP

A High Dependency Unit (HDU) and New Born Unit (NBU) has been launched today at King Fahd Hospital.

The new Sh. 11 million infrastructure is funded by Safaricom Foundation in line with its nationwide Maternal and Child Health programme whose ambition is to increase access and uptake of quality health services for mothers and newborns.

Launched by Governor Fahim Twaha and Safaricom Foundation’s Trustee Rita Okuthe, alongside a host of County government officials, the newly renovated Unit comprises of eight High Dependency Unit
beds complete with oxygen supply, monitors and New Born Unit(NBU) with four cribs.

Speaking when he officially opened the New Maternity HDU unit, Governor Fahim welcomed the Safaricom Foundation for extending its hand to help Lamu improve its health sector.

“Lamu County is part of the 15 out of the 47 Counties that inherited a weak maternal healthcare system pre-devolution. Equally, health infrastructure financing is capital intensive, and any additional financing from the private sector is welcome as it complements our Health agenda implementation,” said Governor Fahim

Fahim noted that such noble initiatives will not only help reduce neo-natal mortality rate and complications faced by women after birth but help in solving disparities in the quality, accessibility and affordability of healthcare.

Safaricom Foundation Trustee, Rita Okuthe termed the investments as part of Safaricom Foundation’s commitment to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the county saying that the programme will help strengthen the health system to ensure expectant women and infants have access to quality healthcare.

Health CECM Dr. Anne Gathoni lauded Safaricom Foundation for building on previous efforts to increase access to maternal, neonatal and improving infrastructure in the country.

Also present in the event was a delegation of Safaricom Foundation senior officials,
Deputy Governor Abdulhakim Aboud, County’s CECM’s, County Secretary John Mburu among others.

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For more information contact:
Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke


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