Kisumu County’s maternal care has received a big boost after acquiring Sh15 million worth of maternity equipment.
Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o on Tuesday dispatched the equipment at Kisumu County Referral Hospital for distribution to other health facilities.
The Governor together with other officials from the health department inspected the newly built administration block which cost Sh12 million together with the mother and baby maternity wing which cost Sh18 million.
A 300KV automatic generator, a new washing machine and drier that were purchased at Sh1.8 million were also among the newly launched equipment in the medical facility.
With the increased number of specialists at the hospital; two gynecologists and one pediatrician, the hospital aims to improve medical services in the maternity wing.
The equipment were purchased by the county government with the support received from a grant provided by the World Bank known as Transforming Health System Universal Health Project.
Modern delivery beds, mattresses, caesarian kits, thermogenic and blood pressure machines were among the many equipment flagged off by the Governor.
The Governor noted that the main aim of the project was to prevent maternal mortality and provide for safe deliveries for mothers amid increasing demand for the services.
“The population of Kisumu is fast growing and we must take care of these people,” said the Governor.
The Governor also unveiled an emergency operation system.
With 2,885 referrals in the last six months, the digitalized facility provides for response and coordination of public health emergencies.
Health workers were however cautioned on the mismanagement of the equipment with the Governor warning that disciplinary action would be taken against those who fail to account for any loss or destruction.