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Nyeri residents welcome new maternity block

Nyeri residents are invited to utilise the state-of-the-art maternity block, being set up at the Nyeri Town Health Centre once it is completed.

Speaking at the facility during a routine visit to check on its progress, Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga said the maternity block is set to be fully operationalized in September after equipping and staffing are done.

He said the maternity centre, funded by the Japanese Organisation for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP) in partnership with the County Government of Nyeri, will provide the necessary technical support in the area of quality care.

Upon completion, the maternity will host a 35-bed capacity antenatal and postnatal wards, a Maternal and Child Health clinic, a laboratory, consultation rooms, specialised clinics, a delivery room, a new-born unit, the Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD), nurse stations, offices, a kitchen, and laundry.

The Governor lauded the team for the commendable job done without hitches, in a span of one year since the groundbreaking ceremony.

He further noted that his Government will prioritise healthcare in the next five years, reiterating the importance of the maternity block that will decongest the Nyeri County Referral Hospital while putting a significant milestone towards achieving the County’s vision of ending maternal and neonatal deaths.

The maternity block is expected to serve a catchment population of over 30,000 people drawn from Majengo slums, Ngangarithi, Nyeri town, and its environs.

He also expressed his gratitude to the key partners for their immense support in the planning, funding, and actualization of the project.

By Beth Ndirangu

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