Lamu County governor Issa Timamy has commissioned a new maternity wing at Mpeketoni Sub County hospital.
The project which is in partnership with the Safaricom Foundation, will address maternal and newborn health emergencies.
The modern fully equipped 32 bed capacity maternity wing which had stalled four years ago, comprises a newborn unit and maternity theatre.
The maternity wing is said to be the best in the Coast region.
The governor thanked Safaricom Foundation for their partnership with Lamu County in providing and strengthening healthcare infrastructure.
He further observed that the maternity wing will address maternal and newborn health emergencies and improve the quality of prenatal and postnatal care.
“With the opening of the facility no mother should lose their child or their life during delivery, every baby should be saved. The maternity wing will play a critical role in strengthening primary healthcare with a focus on enabling quality access to maternal health to fulfill the third Sustainable Development Goals “, Governor Timamy said.
Safaricom Foundation Chairman Joe Ogutu thanked the governor for his collaboration and commitment to ensure the facility which had stalled for four years ago is completed and added that the maternity wing will ensure effective and quality health services to targeted people.
Deputy Governor Raphael Munyua noted that Lamu County was grateful to Safaricom Foundation for equipping the maternity wing that will save the lives of women and children and further encouraged expectant mothers to be visiting the facility.
Safaricom Foundation equipped the maternity wing with Lamu County equipping the theatre and the new born unit.
Health CECM Dr. Mbarak Mohamed said the one stop maternity wing has a delivery room, a theatre, post and antenatal wards, a newborn unit, a high dependency unit, consultation rooms and a reception that will scale up reducing maternal and neonatal deaths.