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Colonial Era Maternity To Get A FaceLift

Nairobi April 4, 2011 –Pumwani Maternity Hospital is located in the east side of Nairobi and is surrounded by the low-income residential areas of Eastleigh, Mathare, Muthurwa, and Majengo.

Pumwani is the oldest maternity hospital in Nairobi, the hospital was established by Nairobi City Council and begun operations in 1926.

Mothers have been forced to give birth in squalid conditions that at times have affected the health of either the mother or the baby, or both.

All that is set o change with entry of Chinese investors who have pledged to improve services at the hospital._____________________________________________________________________________________________

Colonial Era Maternity To Get A FaceLift

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Pumwani maternity hospital has received sh.850 Million from a Chinese Delegation to help improve services at the hospital.

Speaking today during the signing of the MOU, Nairobi’s town clerk Philip Kisia said the money will be used to enhance ICT and upgrade the hospitals equipment which has been in use since it was established in the colonial era.

“The hospital has been lagging behind in terms of technology and a lot needs to be done to improve its current status as it servers over six million Kenyans. Its time we delivered services to the people,” said Kisia.

Terming the support timely, the town clerk praised the Chinese Delegation saying the initiative will go a long way in improving services to the big population the facility serves and boosting its image adding that they had also been supporting the poor and needy mothers who are unable to settle their bills through the revenues collected by the council.

Nairobi Mayor George Aladwa also echoed his sentiments saying the hospital’s main challenge was lack of enough facilities and ICT to accommodate the increasing number of patients.

He added that over 100 new born babies are being delivered at the hospital as compared to the past where they would only a few new borns in a day.

Zhu Yan the head of the delegation said they were deeply concerned about the situation of the hospital and wanted to transform it to a high quality service facility.

“The government of China is fully behind the move and will support the project to enhance modern ICT and buying of new modern facilities for the hospital,” said Yan.

By/KNA/ Winnie Ngaluma

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