The Star (Nairobi)

17 August 2012

Kenya: Naivasha Maternity Centre Receives Sh10 Million Donation

The ultra-modern Friends of Naivasha Women centre has received Sh10 million from a German company for its completion. The donation from REWE Group from Germany will complete the 92-bed capacity centre for maternity facility. The firm's strategic quality manager Josef Luneburg-Wolthaus said the facility will ease congestion at the Naivasha District Hospital.

He said the company decided to support the centre because centre, which has been put by various flower farms and the Friends of Naivasha, largely serves flower farms workers. The project coordinator Igal Elfezouaty said the centre is a gift to Naivasha the community by various friends. "More than 80 per cent of workers in the flower farms are women who need various services and this centre will adequately address their case," he said.

He said this when he led senior managers from the company in visiting the center at the Naivasha district hospital which is 80 percent complete. Egals said that they were ready to assist in the hiring of nurses for the facility so as to solve the issue of child delivery in the area. The farmer said that plans were underway to rehabilitate the pediatric ward once the women center was done.

According to the superintendent in charge of the Naivasha district hospital Dr Joseph Mburu, the facility was serving over 400,000 people majority of them flower farm workers. Mburu noted that the high population had overstretched services in the hospital adding that the women center had come at the right time. "One of the most affected areas is the maternity wing where women are sharing beds but the new women center will alter this positively," he said.

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