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The investment is set to benefit about 10,000 people and will offer a range of health services.

M-Pesa Foundation has invested Sh16 million for the construction of a mother and child complex at Ratta Health Centre in Kisumu County.

The investment is set to benefit about 10,000 people and will offer a range of health services.

Apart from the construction, the foundation will provide select equipment for the Maternal, Child and Neonatal complex.

The existing labour room, delivery room and post-natal room will also undergo refurbishment in order to provide a conducive environment for mothers to deliver and enable the health centre to provide better services to more women.

The unit will also provide a variety of critical services such as outpatient care, maternity care, comprehensive clinic care, and laboratory services.

Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong'o welcomed the investment and said it is the right step in improving service delivery.

“We are privileged to have M-PESA Foundation in our County as we embark on this journey to boost healthcare services. We are confident that this infrastructure development will improve health outcomes for mothers and children, benefiting the residents in this area,” Nyong'o said.

H.E Prof Anyang Nyong’o, Governor, Kisumu County and Mr. Henry Kilonzo, Senior Manager – Foundation Programmes, during the groundbreaking of Mother and Child Complex (MCH) at Ratta Health Centre, Kisumu.

The groundbreaking will be followed by the construction of a variety of infrastructure such as a nurse station, a waiting bay with a children’s play area, 2 consultants’ rooms, a Child Welfare Clinic (CWC) room, a pharmacy with a store, and a family planning room among others.

Additionally, the investment will help in purchasing medical equipment that shall see each room equipped to standard, and the planting of 100 tree seedlings towards environmental conservation.

Reacting to the Investment, Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa said they will continue with such noble cases to to tame maternal and infant mortality.

“In our efforts to curb maternal and infant mortality, the M-PESA Foundation continues to partner with several counties to enhance service delivery. That is why we have intervened here in Kisumu,” Ndegwa said.

 Eng. Amol Duncan explains the blueprint for the construction of the Mother and Health Complex (MCH) at Ratta Health Centre to H. E Prof Anyang Nyong’o, Governor, Kisumu County, Mr Henry Kilonzo, Senior Manager – Foundation Programmes and Deputy Governor, Dr Mathew Ochieng’ Owili.

The groundbreaking follows a recent free medical camp in Kisumu County by the M-Pesa Foundation in partnership with Zuri Health and Lions Eye Hospital, which saw over 2,000 people access health services.

As part of the exercise, patients from the medical camp will access free follow-up consultations for up to six months via SMS and WhatsApp.

The service allows users to add three dependents who will also receive free medical advice from doctors.