- Bondeni maternity, now a level four hospital, is an institution where prominent people were born.
- Today, the hospital has changed into a modern health facility with state-of-art equipment.
- Currently, the hospital is recording between 170 and 200 deliveries in a month.
When the history of healthcare in Nakuru County will be written, it will not be about the strikes that have rocked the sector over the last six years of devolution.
Bondeni maternity, now a level four hospital, is an institution where many prominent people, among them doctors, lawyers, engineers and senior politicians were born.
However, those born there in the 1970s will now be surprised when they visit the institution that was associated with the poor as it is situated at the heart of the oldest slum in Nakuru, Bondeni.
Today, the hospital has changed into a modern health facility with state-of-art equipment.
The hospital dates back to 1952 and was built to take care of African women living in the South of the railway line.
It was exclusively a maternity hospital and did not admit first-time mothers as it could not handle any complications because it only had nurses as attendants.
For years, it was managed by the defunct Nakuru Municipal Council until 2014 when devolution set in.
In 2015, the hospital was upgraded to level four and was allocated its own budget.
The hospital is currently undergoing a major facelift at a cost of Sh15 million.
This is set to change the state of maternal health in the county.
The hospital’s medical superintendent, Dr Salome Gachathi, said the facelift will be completed in the next one-and-a-half years.
Among the major strides in the project is the establishment of new units which include a laboratory, a pharmacy, laundry, kitchen and a procurement department which were not there before.