Safaricom Foundation has donated various medical equipment to St. Mary’s hospital and Mary Rice Centre in Kibra through its Ndoto Zetu initiative.
St. Mary’s hospital which had been facing difficulties in attending to patients in a catchment area of 2,000 received incubators, ultrasound machines, delivery beds, hospital beds, microscope, sanction pumps, waiting room chairs and shelves all worth Kshs 500,000. Mary Rice Centre Kenya, which takes care of 80 children living with disabilities in Kibra, received therapy equipment valued at Kshs 300,000.
(TOP: 22-weeks expectant mother, Jackline Vihenda, during her first prenatal check-up done by Constance Okoth, a nurse at St. Marys Medical clinic in Kibra. Before the donation of hospital equipment by Safaricom Foundation, the clinic was using a Jua-Kali consultation bed, which was a bit high for patients to get on; hence was uncomfortable. Through the foundation’s Ndoto Zetu initiative, the clinic received medical equipment worth Kshs 500,000).
“Through this equipment, we hope these facilities can achieve the much-needed early intervention to avoid maternal deaths and also ensure that children with disabilities acquire life skills that make them independent,” said Joseph Ogutu, Chairman, Safaricom Foundation.
In the last two months the foundation, through Ndoto Zetu has donated equipment worth Kshs 7.1 million to 19 health facilities across the country.
Through the initiative, Safaricom Foundation asks individual Kenyans to share their dreams and aspirations that will have a positive impact on their communities. During the first phase of the initiative last year, the foundation implemented over 300 projects across 40 counties at the cost of Kshs 30 Million reaching more than 50,000 people.