Kisumu, Siaya benefit from Ksh 20.96 m health initiatives investment by M-Pesa Foundation

The M-PESA Foundation has allocated Ksh20.96 million to enhance healthcare services in Kisumu and Siaya Counties, with a goal of supporting over 13,000 individuals.

In Kisumu County, the Foundation invested Ksh 16.76 million towards the construction of a maternal and newborn unit at Ratta Health Centre.

The unit is equipped with a nurse station, a waiting bay with a children’s play area, 2 consultants’ rooms, a child welfare clinic (CWC) room, a pharmacy, and an antenatal clinic (ANC) room among others. Additionally, 100 tree seedlings were planted within the compound.

“Our investment went towards an array of infrastructure, geared towards enhancing service delivery and quality of care provided. We now have a facility that can provides maternal and child health care services, outpatient services and comprehensive care clinic services to women and children visiting the centre, “commented Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom PLC, during the launch on April 12th, 2024.

In attendance, also was Prof. Anyang Nyong’o, Governor, Kisumu County, who commended Safaricom Foundation for the financial aid geared toward the construction of the health facility.

“We are privileged to have M-PESA Foundation in our County as we embark on this journey to boost healthcare services. We are confident that this infrastructure development will improve health outcomes for mothers and children, benefiting the residents in this area,” said Prof. Anyang Nyong’o, Governor, Kisumu County.

The newly constructed unit is expected to increase bed capacity and daily deliveries, enabling the centre to provide better services to more women.

 

It targets to impact over 10,000 people.

While in Siaya County, the Foundation held its 13th free medical camp in partnership with Zuri Health, Checkups Medical Hub, and Lions Sight First Eye Hospital.

The Foundation invested Sh 4.2 million towards the camp, where 3,007 residents benefitted from an array of medical services.

The services included eye care consultations, breast and cervical cancer screening, diabetes screening, the elderly and child health consultations among other services.

As part of the camp, the Foundation also distributed 50 Mama Packs to mothers at Siaya County Referral Hospital to enhance maternal and child health.

“At Safaricom, our purpose is transforming lives, and through these interventions, we are taking healthcare closer to the people. Going forward, M-PESA Foundation will continue partnering with the counties to enhance service delivery, with a keen focus on maternal and child health,” said Ndegwa.

The investments are set to improve general and reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) outcomes in the two counties.

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