More than 15,000 residents of Mbooni East in Makueni County are set to benefit from improved maternal and child health services after the M-PESA Foundation and the county government opened newly constructed Maternal and Child Health Unit at Tawa sub-County Hospital.
The Foundation invested Kshs 27 million in the project while Makueni County government equipped the facility at a cost of Kshs 4.8 million. The health facility will be crucial in reducing referrals and bringing services closer to residents of Mbooni sub-County. It will also contribute to reducing maternal and child health mortality.
(TOP: Makueni Governor Mutula Kilonzo cuts the ribbon to officially open the new MNCH unit by M-PESA Foundation at Tawa Sub-County Hospital with the Makueni County’s CEC for Health Paul Musila; Safaricom’s Chief HR Officer Paul Kasimu – second right – and Nurse Ridha Chepkorir – left).
“In our efforts to curb maternal and infant mortality, the M-PESA Foundation has partnered with several counties to enhance service delivery. That is why we have intervened here in Makueni County to bring services closer to the people and transform as many lives as possible,” said Nicholas Nganga, Chairman, M-PESA Foundation.
The Foundation has ongoing maternal health projects at Ndhiwa sub-County Hospital in Homa Bay, Makwa Dispensary in Kiambu, Talek Community Hospital in Narok and Brase Clinic in Migori County.
Meanwhile in Machakos County, M-PESA Foundation carried out a medical camp in collaboration with Zuri Health and Lion First Sight Eye Hospital, which saw over 2,000 people access health services. As part of the exercise, patients from the medical camp will access free follow-up consultations for up to six months via SMS and WhatsApp by sending the word “ZURI” to 40815. The service allows users to add three dependents who will also receive medical advice from doctors.