- The health facility has been equipped with incubators and oxygen masks for new-born babies.
- Mr Aboud said the newly established new-born unit will greatly help to reduce the neo-natal mortality in Lamu.
- In February, a maternal shelter worth Sh6.8 million was launched in Witu.
Residents of Faza Island in Lamu East are a happy lot after the Safaricom Foundation launched a Sh8 million new-born unit to help promote improved maternal and neo-natal health services in the region.
The neo-natal healthcare facility was named after former Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, who succumbed to cancer on July 1, 2019.
The health facility has been equipped with incubators, oxygen masks for new-born babies, a phototherapy unit, and digital equipment such as computers and digital baby scales among others.
Addressing the Public at Faza Sub-County Hospital during the opening ceremony of the new-born unit, Lamu Deputy Governor Abdulhakim Aboud lauded Safaricom Foundation for their dedicated efforts in ensuring improved healthcare for locals in Lamu.
Mr Aboud said the newly established new-born unit will greatly help to reduce the neo-natal mortality rate in Lamu and ease the challenges faced by women shortly after giving births.
“This facility serves almost the entire Lamu East region. People from Mkokoni, Kiwayu, Ndau, Kizingitini, Mwajumwali and its environs travel all the way to Faza to deliver their babies. The new-born unit is crucial since it will assist women to have their children taken good care of shortly after delivery. There’s no need for women to rush going back to their home shortly after delivery since the new-born unit will help take care of their new-borns,” said Mr Aboud.