Homa Bay County’s maternal care has received a major boost after the county stocked Sh8 million in the renovation of the Homa Bay County Referral Hospital maternity wing.
Speaking during the official opening of the renovated maternity wing Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga said the renovation will ensure low maternal mortality rate.
The Governor together with other officials from the health department inspected the newly renovated mother and baby maternity wing and a staff lounge.
“The facility now has a lounge which means our staff will always be around to respond very fast to emergencies,” said the Governor.
We expect the number to increase to 400 in a few months which means we need to improve our other facilities too to reduce the pressure from this main facilityGovernor Wanga
Wanga further promised to pay the health workers on time as part of motivation to enable them to be more responsive and ready to handle patients.
According to the Governor, the number of patients visiting the maternal wing has increased from 150 to 300 in the last 8 months.
“We expect the number to increase to 400 in a few months which means we need to improve our other facilities too to reduce the pressure from this main facility,” she said.
“We are working closely with the community health volunteers (CHVs) to ensure mothers attend their antenatal clinics before and after the delivery to help reduce the mortality rate,” furthered Wanga.
We are very happy and we feel motivated with what has been done in our department. We promise to give our best in terms of service delivery despite of the increasing number of patientsDr. Julius Ochieng
Delivery beds, mattresses, beddings, caesarian kits, theatre machines, and thermogenic and blood pressure machines were among the many equipment installed in the new wing.
“There is also an addition in the theatre rooms to take care of emergencies and also continue to emphasize through the board the need for blood supply in the maternity wing,” said Wanga
The facility’s gynecologist Dr.Julius Ochieng showed his gratitude for the improvements in their working conditions and promised to deliver.
“We are very happy and we feel motivated with what has been done in our department. We promise to give our best in terms of service delivery despite of the increasing number of patients,” he said.