Safaricom Foundation has announced that it has renovated two hospitals in Lamu County to the tune of Ksh. 18.8 million.

Mpeketoni and King Fahad hospitals in Lamu County have benefitted from a Ksh. 18.8 million Safaricom Foundation funded health project. The initiatives are part of the Foundation’s maternal and child health programme whose aim is to increase access and uptake of quality health services for mothers and newborns.

As part of the project, the Foundation will renovate and equip the High Dependency and Newborn unit at King Fahad County referral hospital. The Foundation has also constructed and equipped a maternal and child health unit at Mpeketoni hospital.

The hospitals were furnished with equipment such as oxygen machines, baby scales, phototherapy machines, baby warmers and other medical equipment to increase access to quality healthcare.

Additionally, Safaricom Foundation will be funding provision of nutritional supplements for at least 6,000 mothers annually in Lamu County to aid in proper growth and formation of unborn babies.

The Foundation also announced plans to distribute sanitary towels to at least 25,000 girls aged 10 to 19 years in two counties including Lamu.

Safaricom Foundation’s maternal health programme was launched last year and so far, Counties in the Coast and Rift Valley regions have benefited from it. Under the programme the foundation set aside Ksh. 132 million to promote maternal, newborn and child health services around the country.

In Lamu, a maternal shelter in Witu and a newborn unit in Faza Island were constructed and equipped and are currently serving over 2,000 people. In Mombasa County, the newborn and maternity units at the Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital has been renovated and equipped.

Meanwhile in Uasin Gishu, the newborn unit at Moi Teaching and Referral hospital and the maternity wing at Moiben Sub-County hospital received new equipment from the Foundation to improve service delivery.