KPC Foundation, Mombasa County Government Launch KES 5 Million Newborn Unit to Bolster Infant Healthcare

In a landmark initiative to enhance infant healthcare, the Mombasa County Government in partnership with the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) Foundation, has today unveiled a cutting-edge newborn unit at Port Reitz Subcounty Hospital. The KES 5 million facility is anticipated to transform maternal and child health services in Mombasa County and significantly diminish neonatal mortality rates in the region.

Speaking during the unveiling, KPC Managing Director, Joe Sang, noted that the facility will provide specialized care for pre-term babies and those in need of additional medical support, with the goal of significantly reducing the neonatal mortality rate in Mombasa.

“According to the KNBS Demographic and Health Survey Report, 16% of newborns in Kenya do not receive vital postnatal checkups within the first 48 hours of birth. With an infant mortality rate of 32 per 1,000 live births and an under-five mortality rate of 41 per 1,000, Kenya is confronted with a substantial healthcare challenge. The KPC Foundation is dedicated to addressing the health challenges through its community health programs,” stated Mr. Sang.

KPC MD Joe Sang (R), KPC Board Director Irene Wachira (center) and Mombasa Governor Abdullswamad Nassir (R) take a guided tour of the newly unveiled facility.

KPC MD Joe Sang (R), KPC Board Director Irene Wachira (center) and Mombasa Governor Abdullswamad Nassir (R) take a guided tour of the newly unveiled facility.

The unveiling of the newborn unit coincided with a two-day free medical camp at the hospital sponsored by the KPC Foundation, in alignment with the government’s efforts to deliver improved healthcare to the underprivileged members of the community. The camp, funded at a cost of KES 500,000 offered a range of medical services and educational sessions to promote the health and well-being of both mothers and infants.

Mombasa Governor Abdullswamad Nassir, in his address, conveyed his deep gratitude to the KPC Foundation for their steadfast support. “The launch of this facility signifies a monumental step forward for the health of Mombasa’s mothers and infants, granting them immediate access to critical medical services. Our continued collaboration with KPC reflects our joint commitment to raising healthcare standards and realizing the goal of affordable universal healthcare for all Kenyans,” said Governor Nassir.

The newly commissioned facility, entirely financed by the KPC Foundation, is in line with the government’s objective to implement Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and underpins the critical importance of fostering the health of Kenyan children from birth, ensuring a foundation for sustainable development for the country.

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