British High Commissioner to Kenya Ms. Jane Marriott has opened a modern maternity wing at Kabiyet Sub County hospital in Nandi County.
The state of the art facility which house both antenatal and prenatal clinics is meant to decongest the hospital maternity ward and ensure effective service delivery.
The facility which is situated in Mosop Sub County was established in 1934 by the British government. It will ensure safe and comfortable delivery of mothers.
Speaking at the facility, Marriott said the opening of the unit is a milestone in the improvement of health services in the County.
“The new unit consists of a spacious labor ward and baby unit. They are fully equipped with modern facilities such as incubators, defibrillator, respirators, resuscitators and baby cots for the safety of our mothers and their infants,” she said.
The Diplomat noted that the maternity wing has qualified nurses and doctors to help provide quality maternal care and can handle pre mature births and birth related complications.
Health officers present stated that they are ready and willing to give expectant mothers and children best services. They said at the level four facility, they are providing quality ultra sound using the latest technology for early detection of fetal anomalies.
Speaking at the same event, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang thanked the British Government for partnering with his administration to improve health sector in the region to meet the growing demand
“We are committed towards increasing investment in the health care sector. Through partnerships, we are focused on strengthening and expanding all the building blocks of the health system to meet the needs of our people. We want to strengthen primary health care and improve health services in the county,” he said.
Sang who was accompanied by Nandi County Commissioner Herman Shambi and various stakeholders called on women to make good use of the facility and shun home births, which he said has a lot of risks in case of any complication during delivery.
The county boss said his priority during his second term is to strengthen the health sector adding that he has already dispatched medical supplies and medicines to various hospitals across the county.
Kabiyet hospital is one of the facilities that serve a large population in Mosop Sub County. The new facility will ease pressure and serve more women effectively.
Area Member of Parliament Abraham Kirwa said the facility has brought a ray of hope to expectant mothers who were traveling far and wide seeking better health services.
“We are lucky and happy to have this facility in our region. More mothers will be able to attend clinics and give birth in hospital. We thank the county administration for strengthening primary health care,” he said.
The county government has also invested in other maternity facilities across the county including Sh500 million Mother and child hospital at Kapsabet town.
The hospital, upon completion will help mothers and their infants access quality health care services and reduce referral cases to Moi Teaching and referral hospital in Eldoret.
By Linet Wafula and Deonetius Kipkogei