SportPesa Foundation has supported the Malava Sub-County Hospital and Shibwe Hospital, with equipment to enable women in Kakamega County to have access to safer delivery options and better care for new born babies. The Foundation will also equip Seregeya Hospital.
The equipment donation by the Foundation is part of the organisation’s support for maternal health care, which was launched a year ago.
“A year ago, we launched our Maternal health care support across the country in a bid to help women have access to clean, safe, well-equipped facilities. In the one year we have seen the impact of this programme and remain committed to mothers and future mothers of this country, especially in rural areas. As we have visited various counties we have seen the need for incubators and other equipment to assist preserving the lives of the newborn, especially preterm babies,” said SportPesa Foundation Lead, Esther Kang’ethe.
SportPesa donated delivery beds, ultrasound machines, nebulizers, hospital beddings, suction machines and baby cots among other equipment to the hospitals.
“Healthcare is a capital-intensive investment. The national and county government can’t do it alone. The goodwill of development partners and corporates is needed to help bridge the gap. At this facility alone, we have approximately 300 deliveries a month so the equipment can sometimes be stretched. What SportPesa Foundation has done for us today is a blessing, “said Malava County Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Mohammed Munyendo.
His sentiments were echoed by the County Executive for Health Dr. Collins Mtemba who welcomed the donation and challenged other partners to join hands with governments in playing a role in helping the delivery of quality healthcare.
Since March 2021 Milestone SportPesa has invested about Ksh.25 million to support maternal health care in Bomet, Homa Bay, Kiambu, Meru, Nairobi, Narok and Tharaka Nithi counties. The Foundation remains committed in supporting communities in areas of sports and education, maternal care and ending period poverty by promoting menstrual hygiene projects.