“I think as a woman, there is no better feeling than knowing that your maternity affairs have been put as a priority and that a facility just for this is available close by.”
These are verbatims of Mama Joyce Rotich a resident of Uasin Gishu, elated after learning that the West Maternity Hospital is just month’s to offering full services.
“Maternity is a very delicate activity in a woman’s life and her baby. It requires special attention and on behalf of other women, I thank Governor Mandago for thinking about giving us a hospital just for us,” she adds.
Mama Joyce had brought her son to West Maternity centre. She could learn that a small event that was held at a new building was actually the handing over of a modern maternity centre. after completion.
The ultra-modern Eldoret West Maternity Hospital will open its doors for the start of specialized services in a few months. The contractor handed over the building to the County Government.
Speaking during the handing over, County Executive for Health, Dr Everlyn Rotich said the county now embarks on equipping of the facility.
“The contractor has handed over the facility and the task that follows is equipping which is the most crucial part of setting services rolling.”
West Maternity Hospital is a model facility as it will offer services only tailored and centred around maternity. These are deliveries, surgeries, prenatal, postnatal, antenatal and neonatal services.
Dr Rotich also adds that immunization of children, which is an important component in support of child growth, will also be offered.
County Executive for Roads, Eng Gideon Birir said the facility is up to the standards of the client, which is the County Government.
“We can say the contractor has handed over a quality piece of work and was done to expectation as far as technical part is concerned,” says Eng Birir.
Once the facility gets operational, it will serve mothers from a large catchment area. It will have regional importance as mothers from neighbouring counties will get all the maternity services.
Uasin Gishu maternity hospital is only the second in the country, being an improved model-like that of Nairobi’s Pumwani Maternity Hospital.
The West Maternity and Ziwa (Level 5) and Kesses (Level 4) Hospitals are among flagship projects by Governor Jackson Mandago’s government to transform and improve health services.
The purpose of bolstering health services is to ensure that services, including specialized as dialysis and oncology, are availed closer to wananchi. The plan is to ensure that the public gets access to health services in facilities not more than 5km.