MATERNITY SERVICES

Kisumu residents told to use Sh5m refurbished nursing home

Makoyo says it is a false notion that they only specialise in abortions.

In Summary

•The facility targets to serve expectant mothers to help to reduce maternal mortality rates in the region.

•Marie Stopes Kenya chairman Dr Hezron McObewa urged Kisumu residents to make good use of the facility.

The newly refurbished Marie Stopes Kenya, Kisumu branch nursing home.
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Marie Stopes Kenya programs manager Dr Job Makoya.
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Marie Stopes Kenya has reopened its refurbished Kisumu branch nursing home.

The facility, which had been closed for some time due to low business and the effects of Covid-19, has been rehabilitated at a cost of Sh5 million.

The facility targets to serve expectant mothers to help reduce maternal deaths in the region.

Marie Stopes Kenya chairman Dr Hezron McObewa urged Kisumu residents to make good use of the facility.

He said they have 22 health facilities spread across the country where expectant women are admitted for various services.

“The Kisumu branch was at some point closed due to low business and Covid-19. The facility now offers antenatal care, normal delivery and postnatal care,” Dr McObewa.

“We are aware that many women die in Kenya during delivery because they cannot access health facilities on time. This is what we are committed to address in our facilities.”

At the refurbished and well-equipped facility, he said there are more than 10 beds where expectant women can effectively deliver.

In addition, there is a nursery where newborns are kept, with standby doctors.

Organisation’s programme manager Dr Job Makoyo said the facility has been enhanced so that it can offer more efficient health services.

He said they are committed to providing quality services to their clients.

The director said some of the outreach programmes include Amua.

 Makoyo said they want to be more accountable to members of the public.

He said their staff must be held accountable for what happens to patients. Makoyo said it is a false notion that they only specialise in abortions.

“We have modern equipment, nice delivery rooms and nurseries for babies. The facility is clean and up to the required standards,” Dr Makoyo said.

The organisation, he said, targets to support the Kisumu government to fully achieve the universal health coverage.

County public health and sanitation director Fredrick Oluoch said maternal healthcare is a key element in service delivery.

He, however, wondered why many women should die while giving birth, saying residents should take advantage of health facilities to avoid deaths.

Dr Oluoch lauded Marie Stopes for complementing health services across the country.

Edited by A.N