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Pumwani set for improved maternal healthcare

The hospital, which was recently renovated by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, has already received over 10 modern warmers and resuscitator machines for newborn babies/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24 – Thousands of newborn babies are set to benefit from newly installed maternity machines at the Pumwani Maternity Hospital courtesy of the Nairobi City County Government and USAID.

The hospital, which was recently renovated by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, has already received over 10 modern warmers and resuscitator machines for newborn babies.

The machines will improve the acute care of sick newborn babies.

According to the hospital’s Head of Clinical services, Dr Beth Maina, the multi-million shillings machines will be able to offer respiratory support to the newborns who have breathing difficulties.

They will also offer phototherapy for jaundice and also offer warmth for the new kids.

According to Dr Maina, the improved healthcare services at Pumwani are due to Governor Sonko’s initiatives.

“The only thing that has made this hospital perform better is the impromptu visits conducted by Governor Sonko. We’ve learnt a lot through these unexpected visits,” he said.

“A good example is when we discovered some bodies of newborn babies dumped in boxes and this made us rethink on how to improve our health system. We held a series of meetings and we have so far been able to transform this facility.”

Dr Maina said the new machines will come in handy since at least 80 babies are delivered at Pumwani Maternity Hospital with a number of them having complications at birth.

Speaking while installing the machines on Wednesday, Head of Newborn Unit at the hospital, Oringa Nyakina, hailed the machines saying the Sonko’s Administration is now on course to achieve zero mortality rates at the facility.

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“These machines are multi-purpose and they will help us a lot to save lives of our babies. We hope to use them effectively to help mother help their sick newborns to recover,” said Nyakina.

Sonko has already promised that his administration will soon open a new outpatient wing at the Pumwani Maternity Hospital.

For the last 93 years, the hospital has not been offering outpatient services and had specialized in-patient only.

“The influx we are experiencing in our hospitals is because of good services we are offering. We will continue giving quality services to our people” said Sonko.

The City Governor also said plans are underway to repossess Nyayo Ward area land which belongs to Pumwani Hospital, but has been grabbed by private developers.

Sonko’s administration is also planning to construct a ten-storey, 450 capacity bed unit at Pumwani Maternity Hospital that will be named after him.

The unit, Sonko Pumwani Maternity Hospital, will stand side by side with the old hospital and will be composed of a paediatric ICU, an adult ICU, a HDU, staff quarters, laundry and all necessary facilities.

Sonko also said the county health staff who are doing a good job will be promoted on merit.

“I’m still going through our health records and then I will reward and promote good health staff. We understand that many of our health officials have been in one position for quite a long time, therefore, it’s time to promote them on merits before we open the new wing for outpatient services at the hospital,” said Sonko.

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