Busia County Government in collaboration with Busia Sugar Industries Limited (BSIL) is constructing a maternity block at Esikulu Dispensary in Matayos Sub County to boost maternity services.
The maternity unit which is expected to be ready by the end of March, 2022, will be a relief for expectant mothers who have been relying on Busia County Referral Hospital (BCRH).
The Busia Health and Sanitation team led by the Chief Officer Jonathan Ino and Director Preventive and Promotive Services Dr Melsah Lutomia, toured the facility in the company of BSIL Civil Works Manager Kaka Hussein and later paid a courtesy call to the General Manager BSIL Sohil Patel at the factory.
Ino who spoke on behalf of Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong appreciated the company for its contribution to the society through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), noting that the support provided will be of great benefit to the community in ensuring that mothers deliver safely.
“We want to thank BSIL for the support being given to the community apart from doing business,” he said.
He said the County Government will equip the maternity as well as provide staff once the unit is complete, adding that they will construct a staff quarter to ensure that there are personnel to respond to arising emergency cases.
Lutomia said, “The dispensary is going to expand through the additional infrastructure. We will continue working together towards improving the health of the locals.”
The sentiments were echoed by the County Health Administrative Officer, Ali Atemba who expressed gratitude to BSIL for their enormous support particularly in the fight against the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Patel said they are committed towards ensuring that the company meets its goals of ensuring that it uplifts the living standards of the locals through various projects.
Also present was the Public Relations Officer, Stephen Mulaa who urged locals to embrace the facility for it to serve the intended objective.
By Absalom Namwalo