The Mpesa Foundation has introduced a new Mother and Child Hospital (MCH) in Kisumu County to improve healthcare services in the region.

Located at Ratta Hospital in Seme Sub-County, the facility is equipped with essential amenities including a nurse station, waiting area with a children’s play space, consultants’ rooms, child welfare clinic (CWC) facilities, pharmacy with storage, family planning room, antenatal clinic (ANC) area, and washrooms.

Safaricom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Ndegwa, who oversaw the handover of the facility to the county government, highlighted its potential to enhance bed capacity and daily healthcare deliveries in the area. The maternal unit will offer vital services such as outpatient care, maternity care, comprehensive clinic services, child immunizations, and laboratory services, benefiting over 10,000 individuals.

Ndegwa expressed Safaricom’s commitment to transforming lives through healthcare initiatives. He affirmed that the M-PESA Foundation would continue collaborating with counties to improve service delivery, particularly focusing on maternal and child health.

Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang Nyong’o commended the partnership, foreseeing positive health outcomes for the community. He described the project as a significant achievement for Seme and Kisumu County, expressing intentions to replicate it in other areas.

Nyong’o revealed that the county government had invested an additional Sh. 6 million to refurbish the Old Ratta Hospital. He emphasized the importance of the mother-and-child unit in addressing the high infant mortality rate, extending its services beyond Seme Sub-County.

The governor outlined plans to establish similar wellness centers across the county’s eight sub-counties, demonstrating a commitment to improving healthcare accessibility.

Highlighting other health sector interventions, Nyong’o mentioned the operation of 280 functional Community Health Units (CHUs) linked to various health facilities. These units, covering 94.5% of households in the county, are supported by over 2,900 Community Health Workers (CHWs).

He noted an increase in CHW visits to family households, citing expanded training in malaria management, nurturing care, family planning, and cervical cancer screening. Consequently, CHWs are now equipped to diagnose and treat malaria cases, monitor children’s health, and provide essential healthcare services within the community.