Health centre gets support to deal with challenges of maternal health, Covid-19

Riruta Health Centre, a public health facility in Nairobi County, has received a donation of 12 hospital ward beds, Sh500,000 and personal protective equipment kits for health workers in the facility thanks to Sportpesa Foundation. The Sh 500,000 is to equip the maternity unit’s kitchen.

The donation whose total value is Sh1.3mn, comes after the Nairobi Metropolitan Service completed the building of a maternal wing to enable the facility to provide not only full maternal but also 24-hour services.

“This donation, to us, is God-sent and will have a huge impact to the large community that we serve,” said Sister Maureen Wachira, the facility-in-charge at Riruta Health Centre.

According to Ronald Karauri who is the chief executive of Milestone SportPesa, the company that runs Sportpesa Foundation, it is time to recognise the sacrifices made every day by frontline healthcare professionals.

Mr Karauri said the partnership falls under the foundation’s maternal health pillar and will go a long way in empowering people within the Riruta area as well as the neighbouring settlement.

Riruta Health Centre has been an outpatient facility providing pre and post-natal care among many other services. Knowing the condition of most healthcare facilities, the latest medical equipment donation is expected to ignite hope.

While there are still high death rates and poor access to proper healthcare facilities, he is delighted to be associated with this initiative.

“We are committed in supporting maternal health in ensuring that women do not have to travel long distances, or wait for available beds, to get the right health care,” said Karauri.

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